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The Brush and Palette / Give us proper Empire horses!
« on: May 30, 2015, 09:46:40 AM »

Someone please sculpt this!  :-D

The Brush and Palette / Paper banner?
« on: December 08, 2012, 07:47:17 PM »
How do we do banners from paper these days? I've photocopied the Knights Panther banner design from the 4th ed. army book, on common printer paper. After I glue it onto the banner pole, is it a good idea to give it a thin coat of gloss varnish before the regular matt spray? I imagine that will make it more durable. Or will the coat easily break? What about a thin coat of diluted PVA glue?


WHFB The Electors' Forum / Important Pigeon Bombs issue
« on: November 03, 2012, 09:42:46 PM »

Examine the Pigeon bomb chart on p. 31 in the AB. You will find that the result Huzzah! means that the Pigeon bomb inflicts S4 hits, on the enemy, with the Armour Piercing special rule. The Oops! result, when you center the template on the engineer, still inflicts S4 hits but these are not AP...!


What's this about? A bomb is a bomb and should explode with the same possibly armour piercing force regardless? Or should it? We all know that the rules writing of GW is immaculate, so there is probably a reason for this. But what? Is there a fluffy explanation? Or is it a way of fine tuning the balance of the Empire army in game? Is it the small anomaly needed for the whole thing to fit together, like a seam in a piece of clothing?

The pigeon bomb chart is starting to scare me! Please help!

The Count's Tavern / What John Blanche's artwork should have been like!
« on: August 28, 2012, 04:48:09 AM »
I was looking at some children's books recently, and was blown away by the artwork in a version of "The Brave Little Tailor", the old Grimm classic. The artists are a married russian couple: Andrej Dugin and Olga Dugina. They have illustrated other books too. I wanted to link to a few pics here because the renaissance fantasy theme is very Empire-like, but with a stroke of Chaos! This is what John Blanche's artwork should have been like!

These are a few links to their official site, http://duginart.com/ but there are more pictures all over the net. The digital versions don't really compare to the publications in books, though.

I hope I'm not violating site policy (or practice) by posting these. If I do, please remove the pics or notify me.

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Most and least appealing WHFB armies?
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:10:04 AM »
I wonder which WHFB armies (other than Empire) that Empire players find most appealing? And least appealing? And, please, don't just make a list, try to explain why! Which armies would you consider to collect, paint, etc.?

Here are my choices:

Most appealing:
Empire of course. No explanation necessary, right?
OnG: variety, classic fantasy race, seems fun to play, love goblins.
Bretonnia: I have underestimated the Monty Pythonesque feel of Bretonnia. I now realise that there are lots of bizarre stuff there to like.

Least appealing:

Ogres: Too ugly.
Lizardmen: I don't find it to be a very good concept at all, really. Fishmen next?
Daemons: A bit abstract and hard to relate to.

The Count's Tavern / Boardgames
« on: July 10, 2012, 05:54:33 PM »
I was recently in a store and had a look at some boardgames. I was tempted to buy the AD&D boardgame "Dragon of something": a dungeon crawler, heavy rules set. Minis in the box. Hardcore stuff :-) I was even particularly tempted by the option to play single player games (pathetic, I know).

But, considering that I would also really like to play with family members not so involved with hardcore nerd stuff, I chose to buy the lighter and more popular Small world. We tried it out a few times and it was nice as a friends and family game.

I also noted new editions of classics such as Talisman and Dungeon Quest. I remember me and my friends spending entire nights with Talisman and it's expansions. It never ended! Amazing artwork by Gary Chalk, though.

I understand that there has been something of a boardgame explosion in recent years? Several really good and well presented games on the market? Is anyone into this? Should I buy the AD&D board game? Do you have other suggestions, considering both family friendly games and heavier stuff?

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Your first Empire/WHFB memories?
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:09:31 PM »
I'd love to hear about other gamers' first experiences of the Empire and/or WHFB!

This is how I remember it (don't know if it is entirely correct of course): Me and my friends had been painting and collecting 40K and Blood Bowl. Mostly we just painted and talked about it. We seldom actually played! Then me and two other guys bought the WHFB box, with 10 high elves and 10 goblins. This was the early 90's and I think that at the time I had already began to collect some Empire models. Anyway, my first game was some time later against my friend who had kept collecting High elves. The third guy who was in on the box was also present and he was supposed to act like a Games master or something (I don't know if there were rules for GM's then, but we were Role playing gamers, so it felt natural). In that battle, I fielded something like this:

5 KotWW
12 halbs
8 handgunners
Some halfling archers (BS 4!)
Great cannon
Grey wizard
I think Kurt Helborg was my general, or the model at least.

Most of my stuff was actually painted (I think, at least I had made an effort). I was just trying to copy the official GW paint jobs. No particular theme or province colours or anything. The High elves had a (relatively) large block of spearmen, a chariot and some other stuff (bolt thrower?). It took us forever to get anywhere in that game because we had to check the rules all the time. I think we had to break it up after 2 turns and several hours. But before that, I remember my GC shot his chariot, and as a result it had to do a random move (scatter?) and ended up in a terrain piece representing water. Our "GM" decided it had sunk and was out of the game! Even if we had to break it up, I felt victorious because of that!

We never had a solid WHFB gaming routine. There were plenty of distractions that age (mid teens). I guess we tried to play a few more times after that, but I don't remember aything in particular, like that one glorious cannon shot!

How did you start to play? In what spirit? Memories? Painting? Etc! Please, share your stories!


The Brush and Palette / Painting and gaming: Balance?
« on: May 29, 2012, 02:40:48 PM »
I like both painting and gaming, and play with painted models only. When deciding on how to expand my army, I consider both what will be fun to paint and what will be fun to play in the game. The new part I want to include in my army will have to balance between the two.

For example, a horde of 40-50 state troops could be fun to use in game, but not fun to paint. There may be reverse examples of things I'd love to paint but don't know if they would fit my army gaming-wise.

I wonder if others recognize this "problem" and how you make decisions about such things?

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Demigryph knights - why all the wings?
« on: May 16, 2012, 06:22:45 PM »
I'm a little concerned about the demigryph knights. Look at their crests and shields - don't they seem to have a lot of wings on there? I mean, for riding creatures who are - in a way - defined by NOT having wings? There is a griffon with wings on their banner...

What is this about? Wings-envy? Wings-complex?


The Brush and Palette / Glossy armour?
« on: April 22, 2012, 12:59:06 PM »

I'm painting a BSB and will try out the black glossy look for his armour. I leaning towards not highlighting the black with grey or anything, thinking that the glossy, varnished surface will provide enough effects. Or is this a bad idea?


The Parade Ground / Basic 1000 points list
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:26:12 AM »

I'm thinking about a basic 1000 points list for friendly games (vs. primarily Skaven). This is what I came up with. 

G. o . t. E,  122
Full plate, Shield, Biting blade, Luckstone

Captain,  121
BSB, Full plate, Enchanted shield, Dawnstone

Level 2 wizard (Life), 125
Dispel scroll

20 halbs, 150
Full command
5 archers (detach.)   35

20 swordsmen, 170
Full command
5 archers (detach.)   35

Great cannon, 120

HBVG, 120

Pts:   998

I'm mostly worried about the archer detachments, they are now causing panic in friendly units, and I'm used to let them run around independently and block charge routs et c. This tactic will have to be performed very carefully with the new rules. Should I make them an regimental unit of 10 instead? Maybe even upgrade to huntsmen?

Maybe I should exchange the HBVG for a Mortar, and make a fightier general?

Any suggestions will be appreciated!


WHFB The Electors' Forum / New knights?
« on: April 07, 2012, 03:12:50 PM »
I like the new stuff, but I'm disappointed that they didn't release new knights. I have no knights at all at the moment (building my army slowly) and waited patiently for this release. Now I don't know what to do - I want knights NOW, but I don't want to buy the old kit - I'm afraid it will look so outdated when (if...) they release new knights. I know there are other options, but tend to like GW models best for WHFB.

So, any rumours or even hunches or wild speculations about new knights? Conspiracy theories, "how they think at GW", that kind of thing? And what was that about Forgeworld releasing new knights?

I'll take anything - I'm desperate for knights!



The Battleground / A Hillmage with Headache!
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:21:29 PM »
Maza proudly presents:

A Hillmage with Headache: A warhammer battle report (800 pts Skaven vs. Empire)


(GotE) G.o.t.E. [95 points]
- Full plate, shield

(Wp) Warrior priest [119 points]
- GW, AoMI

(W) Wizard [65 points] A conversion of a model called "Dostovius Hillmage" when released.
- Level 1, Life. Spell: Dwellers below.

(H) 20 Halberdiers [120 points]
- Full command
(A) 5 Archers [40 points]
- Detachment

(S) 20 Swordsmen [150 points]
- Full command, Ancestral heirloom: Gleaming pennant.
(FC) 5 Free Company [25 points]
- Detachment

(M) Mortar [75 points]

(HBVG) Helblaster [110 points]

Total: 799 points


(W) Warlord [1 point]
- Poisoned attacks, extra hand weapon, tail weapon

(B) BSB [1 point]
- Storm banner, Poisoned attacks, Extra hand weapon, Tail weapon

(C1) 25 Clanrats 1 [1 point]
- Hand weapon, light armour, shield

(C2) 25 Clanrats 2 [1 point]
- Hand weapon, light armour, shield

(D) Doomwheel [1 point]

(GR) 7 Gutter Runners [1 point]


Turn 1, Skaven
OK. The Skaven moved forward. The Gutter runners threw some poisoned throwing stars at my free company. Two died and the rest fled to an awkward position between my artillery pieces.

Turn 1, Empire
The swordsmen to the right wheeled a little to let Dostovius cast Dwellers below on the Gutter runners, and he dwellered'em quite good! The survivors fled off the table and took their poisoned throwing stars with them. Wohoo!

My priest cast Unbending righteousness and made his unit Unbreakable.

Otherwise it was movement as indicated.

Turn 2, Skaven
The units of clanrats failed their charges, and the Doomwheel Zzzzapped two archers.

Turn 2, Empire
Total glory! My units charge, and beat the clanrats narrowly in two rather tame combats. No characters were wounded. The clanrats in C1 failed an Ld10 test with a reroll, I think. (Ha!) I pursued but couldn't catch any of them them.

The archers were shooting at the Doomwheel, and one arrow got through and wounded it!

Things were looking good at the end of my 2nd turn! (Except the silly formation of my free company, which was due to them being crammed in between artillery and then reforming.)

Turn 3, Skaven
C1 rallied, but C2 continued to flee. The Domwheel was closing in and started zapping my halberdiers.

Turn 3, Empire
The unbreakable halberdiers and WP charged C1 again. The general's unit chased after C2, and Dostovius dwellerd'em goooooood! 16 of them went down. But it was also a miscast, and Dostovius started complaining about a headache and lost his wizard level.

"Helblaster fun! Let's take a few wounds off that Doomwheel!" That is what i thought. But it blew itself up, of course (the bad way). 110 points handed to my opponent on a silver plate.

In close combat, the Skaven warlord slew my warrior priest. I failed to save two out of three wounds on 2+. The halberdiers were no longer unbreakable, but somehow stayed in combat.

The Doomwheel was closing in! Help!

Turn 4, Skaven
Last turn was quite a setback. My WP was now dead, and the only thing that could reasonably be expected to counter the Doomwheel had blown itself to pieces. So I was punished from now on. Punished by Doomwheel. First the halberdiers went down. The good thing was that C2 now fled off the board.

This did not end well for the Empire:

Turn 4, Empire
What to do? Well, I cried a little and wanted to go home, but then I was served brandy and stayed. I moved around a little.

Turn 5, Skaven
I don't really remember, but something like this happened:

Turn 5, Empire
This turn, I backed off a little, hoping to maybe, just maybe, hit the Doomwheel with a Mortar shell. But the mortar blew itself up... Dostovius hid behind a rock.

Turn 6, Skaven
The swordsmen with general were next to be punished. They were steadfast, however.

Turn 6, Empire
But I lost steadfast, and fled!

Conclusion: I need a Great cannon!

The Brush and Palette / Dark and Gritty or Bright and Pretty?
« on: March 02, 2012, 11:06:46 AM »
I have seen several members write that they like their armies to have a dark, gritty, dirty, grim and/or realistic feel. I can certainly appreciate that look, but I presently like my own Empire to be bright, colourful and "shiny". I like when it almost looks a bit comical - "here come the pretty boys".

I also find it more rewarding to work with full, bright colours, when I look at the finished paintjob as an accomplishment. Maybe I'm also a bit afraid that I would use the dark and gritty feel as a half-conscious excuse for being a bit more sloppy while painting: "no worries - a wash of Devlan mud will cover it up."

What do you think about this choice between dark & gritty or bright & pretty? What are your reasons for choosing one style before the other?

The Brush and Palette / Favourite paint colour?
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:28:44 AM »
Which is your favourite paint colour - all categories? And why?

I know it is impossible to compare like this, just say the first that comes to mind. I won't hold you to it :-)

At the moment I would have to say GW's Gryphonne sepia for myself. It always seems to do what I want it to do. I seldom use a wash without adding a little sepia - it makes the colour more natural, and the wash effect seems to be enhanced by it.

The Brush and Palette / Spray undercoating: temperature
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:39:32 PM »
I need to undercoat some models, but will have to do it outdoors. It is about 0-5 degrees C. here. I use Army Painter white spray. It says on the can not to spray in extremely low temepratures.

Will I be fine or is it too cold?

The Brush and Palette / Painting experiences
« on: January 09, 2012, 12:39:16 PM »
There was a discussion in Hoodlings thread about painting, and how painting can feel like a tedious chore if you buy to many minis at once. People had strategies for keeping a balance between painting and acquiring new stuff, someone didn't have time to paint because he had a baby et c.

This led me to think about painting in a wider sense – how and why do we paint or not paint, and how does painting fit into our lives?

I have little time to paint because of work and family. But when I do have time I enjoy myself tremendously. Even if I normally want to see results quickly, I try to take my time. I enjoy the almost painfully slow process of building up a basecoat with thin layers! I also have a lot of fun with the colours as such, mixing and matching. Maybe the physical 3-dimensionality of modelling and painting is also a nice and relaxing contrast to the way we experience large parts of life through a 2D screen these days.

I wonder how other painters experience their painting? What parts of it do you love/hate? Do you have ”rules” that you follow? How often do you paint, and why? Would you describe it as an addiction? Do you make up ”excuses” for not painting (or for painting)? Do you have a ”philosophy” of painting? Et c.

The Count's Tavern / "The red period"
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:09:58 PM »
I have seen some talk here about GW's "red period". Flipping through the Empire army book from the early 1990's, it is obvious that they did indeed use a lot of red. But they also used a lot of blue and yellow.

These colours are often painted in exactly the same nuances, independent of what they are painted on - clothes, wheels, weapons, details et c. For red, it is often a blood red basecoat highlighted by mixing in yellow, for blue, it is enchanted blue highlighted with mixing in white, for yellow, i don't know. Sometimes, a model will also have something painted in goblin green (highlighted with yellow). The basecoats are generally very bright.

Perhaps this was more of an observation/reflection than a question or an argument. I don't really know what kind of response I'm looking for, but any feedback will be appreciated. My question might be: Wasn't it really more of a "primary colours period" than just a "red period"? (Or do you mean another period altogether when you talk about "the red period"?)

The Parade Ground / Using the painted models I have
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:48:59 PM »

To me, Warhammer is a lot about the visual effect obtained by having everything on the table painted. It looks almost unreal. The colourful "materiality" of it is a very stimulating contrast to the way you experience a lot of things through a 2D-screen these days. So, I play with painted models only (which means very small games...). How can I use my painted models to make a 500p list that's good, interesting and fun to play with? Usually, I play against the skaven.

I have painted:

A character on foot that looks like a general/captain with full plate, shield and hand weapon.
20 halberdiers, full command.
10 Swordsmen
10 Free company, full command group (that simply goes in the back rank when used as detachment)
10 archers/huntsmen
1 mortar
3 crew

The problem is a lot about what should go as detachments and what should go as independent units? How should I use the character?

My painting is progressing very slowly, but the next step is to do 10 more swordsmen, a Great cannon (and some more crew members) and some character models.

Thank you in advance!

Empire Army Book 8th Edition / "Faith, steel and gunpowder"
« on: November 21, 2011, 07:17:23 PM »
Wouldn't it bee cool if the Empire had a special rule called "Faith, steel and gunpowder"? I don't know what it's effects would be though, I just like the name :-)

Maybe some synergy when you have warmachines, priests and close-combat infantry on the table at the same time? +1 CR to state troops representing their confidence in the might of their nation? +1 Ld (they always use someone else's Ld anyway)? +1" when charging?

What do you think?

Imperial dwarves, crazy goblin landsknechts, halfling armies, really creative and well-painted minis, lovely old models, Chumley Warner, terrain projects, conversions... It never ends! And I love it and want to comment on everything! But: A) I don't have the time, and B) I don't just want to say "Great work" or something similar, to everything.

So, I started to wonder how you guys choose what to comment on? Do you follow particular threads? Or comment on whatever is most awesome (how do you decide?) Do you comment to answer explicit questions? Comment on the threads were your advice might be needed the most? Do you just say "Great work" or something similar, to everything? Are there unwritten rules about this?

The Count's Tavern / John Blanche's artwork
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:26:04 AM »
GW is going on a lot about JB's artistic skills. I'm not convinced - but neither completely uninterested in his work. What do you say?

I know it's all about fantasy, but even in that context his illustrations are, more often than not, a bit over the top?

The Brush and Palette / Emproie?
« on: October 16, 2011, 05:46:43 PM »
Ladies and gentlemen,

I need clarification on a matter of utmost gravity.

Two words are sculpted on the lower part of the armour of this state trooper. At a glance, it seems to be "SIGMAR EMPIRE". When I look closer, however, I think that it rather is "SIGMAR EMPRINE". It might even be "EMPROIE". It may not come out clear on this photo, so please consult your own example.

Is someone able to read a proper word out of the letters on the armour? It is so disheartening to see soldiers fighting in armour that misspell the name of the very nation they are fighting for.

The Brush and Palette / Maza's army: Complete!
« on: September 24, 2011, 11:50:14 AM »
I would like to contribute to this inspiring forum with a few pictures.

What I have painted at the moment:

The halberdiers:

Free company:


I don't think you have seen this before but it's actually archers, dressed in green:-o

I got tired of black undercoat and the foundation paints, and longed for some eye-hurting brightness, so these are painted on white.

Oh captain, my captain!

Thank you for watching!


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