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The Imperial Office / Re: Tilean Campaign, IC2401
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:57:55 PM »
Really nice!

It gives a whole new depth to the campaign, seeing its battles' occurences, helps us track the raid's movement throughout the region!

The Brush and Palette / Re: Freeguild Averland for Age of Sigmar
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:45:01 AM »
I find these breathtaking.

I am specially fond of how you've based them. The eerie green makes a fine contrast with their uniforms, marries them most excellently into the setting!

Looks great!

...Do you mean to use a larger base than the 'original' size for the Altar/Wagon, then?

The Brush and Palette / Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:42:39 AM »
Amazing work!

I really like the checks!

Historical Games / Re: 28mm Landsknechts on Kickstarter ...
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:40:39 AM »
Woah, nice find.

These are looking great! Even better than the old Pro Gloria [currently Warlord's] to me.

The Brush and Palette / Re: Pfeildorfers - an Empire OOP army
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:34:47 PM »
These are breathtaking! Is this all NMM? It's stunning!

The Count's Tavern / Re: Upcoming and Current Movies ...
« on: December 01, 2018, 01:29:04 PM »
Some of my workmates tried to download a copy of the new Grinch movie but wound up getting the 'wrong' version :icon_redface: due to a typo

Ah, yes, the fabled 'Grynch'! ;)

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: December 01, 2018, 01:47:32 AM »
Gold and Glory!

Basing done on these fellows. I took the photo now at night and the filter made it look like a 90s White Dwarf article picture!

Wew. That was a lot of work.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:59:16 PM »
Working on the basing of all those fine gentlemen I had posted so far!

In the meanwhile, let the show you guys some more things - Mordheim, this time. And all neatly done, ready, and based!  :happy:

A little rarities first - Ulli & Marquand!

I've always been into their comics, and I know how hard it is to come by them on Mordheim. With the LOTR SBG boom earlier, I've traded in a big Haradrim army with some lesser lots by these guys, as well as the following warbands except for the dwarves.

Marienburger Mercenaries!

Witch Hunters!

Including a number of Hired Swords - like the Freelancer Knight and the Bounty Hunter, who I converted to look like Brunner.

Oldhammer Imperial Dwarves!

The Exiles of Karak Ungol.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:41:03 PM »
Aw, man. I used to love the Animosity campaigns.  I do know that they relaunched the site and attempted to get some events done in Narrative Campaigning for Age of Sigmar. I seem to get updates on the guys running X-Wing events too.

I recall playing in the 'Purple' Dragon Order with the rest of us mercenaries during A4. I loved how that campaign had worked, I do recall the collapse of the Chaos Dwarf / Skaven alliance, seemingly because they had too few players to compete with properly with the posting results of all other factions. I recall the Hobgoblah Khan was a really amusing characted to interact with, and of the Great Migration ogres and the 'Alexander'-like faction of expeditionaires.

I've also participated in the Estalian campaign, with the Muros faction, trying to make it into a Portugal-like kingdom on the flank of the peninsula by campaigning southwards. Unfortunately at that time WFB was on its slow decline here locally and eventually I lost interest.

I'm tackling the basing of the figures you can see here today, and hopefully I'll have a number of other pieces to bring up here - some Mordheim warbands I've done in the last weeks and a Chaos Warriors army I did in the last month, which should work as suitable, dreadful foes for these mercenaries!

I mostly see my Dogs of War force as ambitious but not quite villainous characters - but for Lietpold the Black and his cronies. Now that is an evil one, Mr. Grinch. There was someone who mentioned to me that he thought of Lietpold as a rather sinister character, like a Gilles de Rais or even more appropriatelly an Ezzelino da Romano, courting fel powers. I'd even amused myself thinking that his implied dark master could be 'THE' Mordheim Dark Master.

Hindsight is a bitch - I had never really thought about saving whatever I've written and/or posted. Eh, not much to do now. I should try recover anything from Anymosity through the WebArchive tool.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:02:56 PM »
Ah, the days of "The Marienburg Crisis" and "Treachery & Greed" ... like fine wine and roses ...  I can't help posting a link to this one ...


I see this and must raise you this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydcUaTpiHgQ

Too bad much of the player fluff stayed only on the Treachery & Greed website. I was surprised that it stood about for a couple years IIRC. I've checked Wayback Machine on WebArchive but too little remained on the forum. The site, however, looks neatly preserved. Without many pictures, unfortunately.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:18:10 PM »
I recall that, Padre! Even now I keep up with your threads, specially the Tilean Campaign one. I must say I was eventually involved into one of the assassination attempts - not at Gabriele, but at one of his heirs. I recall that the idea appeared as a way to 'get back' without actually taking a player off the whole game, hence how it was targeted at a 'minor' character in Condlumar's entourage. IIRC, it was successful, and the Golden Company started to pooling out resources on an intel affair to attempt convincing the Legion that someone else [I think the Cerulean League] were the actual perpetrators of the deed!

It was such a great espionage sandbox at that.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 30, 2018, 03:40:51 PM »
Today I have a couple trips down memory lane, as usual these days, heh.

The first one is some models, because we all love to peek upon each other's collections. This time I bring my previous Hireling Wizard (Lore of Shadow) // Dark Emissary and a three-of-a-kind of Fenbeasts. I always liked the GW's models for these guys but never managed to get my hands upon them.

So I've rebased some Mage Knight Wood Golems [which are pretty cheap in comparison] and got this neat little figure, which is a Necromancer from Zvezda's 28mm fantasy line 'Ring of Rule' [which I suspect is a poor russian's attempt at translating something alike to Ring of Power from russian back to english XD]. I have a dozen of Ring of Rule figures and they are surprisingly neat plastics, pretty sturdy in general too although a bit awkward to assemble [his robes' skirts are divided into three 'loincloth-like' pieces.]

And then there is this - this was the forum sign made for my by a friend of WallyTWest's whose name I unfortunately cannot remember [Shame *rings bell thrice* ]. Or maybe by Wally himself, who was/is a member of these forums. Back in the cloudy past there was a time of High Adventure, Treachery & Greed.

You'll remember that Treachery & Greed was a delightful calamity of an online campaign. It was amazing, but it was decided later that its like should never again see the light of day as it had some pretty complicated mechanics - like player character assassination! - that were hard to keep a tab on not to speak of angry players! It was all a very nice and neat sort of game, I only wish that I was more mature at the time to better enjoy it.

I played back then Aldobrando Aldobrandesco in the Golden Company, who I had aimed for starters to play as a simple but competent veteran tilean mercenary. However, as the campaign sort of got itself together no-one really wanted to step into any sort of organization/leadership for the faction mostly because each player had its own ideas and objectives, and wanted to do their own thing. It was great at the start but soon it became apparent that we had to compromise to reach some of the neater objectives - like carving ourselves a principality! - and Aldobrando Aldobrandesco soon became High Listener, Commander-in-Chief (at least I like to think so!) and increasingly prepotent, incompetent and shameless!  :-P Oh boy, he was a delight to roleplay. 

Every command was neatly accepted in general at the faction forums after discussion, of course - we were collegiate, and sat upon Mighty Monte Castello, bordering between Tilea and the Border Princes. Aldobrandesco meant to conquer himself an important principality in Tilea - whichever came to be at hand first, really! - and the Company's position meant that spilling into the relativelly easier-to-conquer Border Princes was much simpler than trying to vie for tilean cities with the other four factions, IIRC. It ended up that, after a clumsy conquered-then-lost advance into Pavona to the Vermillions, Aldobrandesco's failed marriage overtures to the recently-widowed Duchess of Miragliano (he was a Miraglianese by birth) he started to shamelessly forge every sort of claim to everywhere he could reach with relative impunity. He then tried to convince the Company to conquer Luccini, an enterprise that he failed time and again. He even angered enough members of the Golden Company itself so that someone tried to murder him! (thankfully it was unsuccessful, I had been spending some income on bodyguards to foil such attempts but it might have been the Campaign Team's kindness not to off the absolute madman). I admit I grew frustrated with his inability to take on Luccini as the Golden Company moved into the Border Princes en-masse. I even recall that Monte Castello changed hands to one of the other three player factions before it was reconquered prior to the Campaign's end. I think he never got into Luccini!  :unsure:

It was a memorable, glorious affair. Again, I recall I bitched about unfairness when repeated turns of inability to take Luccini started to grind my gears, which was a very stupid thing to do and to what I am really sorry to have done, for what its worth, into questioning the Campaign Team's ability to conduct a fair and fun online campaign. Again, publically, sorry for that. I was young(er) and stupid(er). I recall Wally even launched a Forum for the Golden Company to gather and write itself for possible next campaigns (there were also the Animosity Campaigns back then and we wanted to 'sort-of' unify things), but unfortunately I was distracted back then and lost contact. I assume that forum is no more.   :closed-eyes:


I had an Aldobrando Aldobrandesco model converted and painted, but back then my painting skills were ever worse than they currently are and I've since traded him. Good riddance! He was a big man so I'd field Borgio for Aldobrando these days. I've picked the name from a mod for Mount & Blade called 'Struggle for Bermia', itself a 'historical' mod of 'The Eagle and the Radiant Cross', a Calradia that is, on many terms, more 'warhammery' than the official one. I've even asked the mod's developer if I could pick the character's name (there, he was a mercenary-turned-prince who conquered his own Dukedom, Livania, in a clear emulation of Francesco Sforza's history). Bermia was like Tilea, a 'fractured Italy' for the Calradia setting. I learned he himself had picked the name from Dante, who had an Ildebrando Aldobrandesco mentioned somewhere.

The Brush and Palette / Re: Sharkbelly's Projects
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:49:01 AM »
Oh, man, those are great! I've always wanted to get my hands on these orcs.

Back when I first started checking out all the coolness that Warhammer proved to be [during 6th ed], there was a GW Portugal site. As a brazilian, I've dove in head first there, and there was a translation of a battle report using the 6th ed starter box, with Empire and Orcs duking it out. I recall I was simply astonished by the small narrative and the figurines and the battle schematics, all in Portuguese [except for the unit names, which I think were in Spanish].

That was what swung me hard and deep into Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

Great work on the figures!

The Count's Tavern / Re: What literature are you reading?
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:37:26 PM »
Halfway through Blood for the blood god. There are some pretty disturbing creatures in the chaos wastes

I really like how the Chaos Wastes are described, really make all the crazy/gaudy and colorful, Oldhammer Chaos Warriors come alive for me as creatures out of trippy nightmares!

I picked up Le Morte D'Arthur. Holy shit there are a lot of neighboring kings when Arthur is crowned. :-o

Wish there was a map. I cannot find a decent one from google.

As all good little Tardo-roman Barbarian kingdoms should have!

I'm currently through Sorceress of Darshiva, the second-to-last book of the Malloreon, by David Eddings. Boy, it's real nice. I was quite into the Belgariad despite how 'juvenile' the literature seemed sometimes (given all villains get twarted so... easily). The Malloreon is quite a big more gruesome and adult in its themes, and I really like it!

Skirmish & Warband / Re: Frostgrave
« on: November 29, 2018, 02:07:45 PM »
I've been using Frostgrave on some RPG events as the wargaming annex guy, and people are really digging it. Am yet to play any real campaigns so far.

This is a three-way match between a Chronomancer, Elementalist and Necromancer.

So we had this event tied to the afrodescendant movement here in Brazil, regarding african cultures and consciousness. It's part of a larger project where we use RPG and wargames for teaching young people - as a History masters I have been stirring them to historical wargames, but fantasy wargaming holds both mine and students' interests in general greatly.

This warband was made to suit such event. I've taken into the west african 'bardic' tradition of the djeli/griot, storytellers and musicians/singer poets who often served as their culture's memory-keepers, historians and political advisors as well as teachers. And more - in their folklore, magical musical instruments are very common themes. Hence! I did this griot wizard, currently fielding him as a Chronomancer, and his warband inspired on Mali legends.

And here, facing some necromancers!

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 29, 2018, 01:47:59 PM »
Hurray! I can see them. Lovely stuff. I like the 'money' sign on the banner! And Long Drong's are most excellent figures.

I'm particularly proud of that money sign! :)

I think the slayers could go as a separate unit.  One of the Long Drongs, and another of generics.  Unless you want to go with the Big Block of Hurtiness concept.

I agree, I've tried the Big Block of Hurtiness and while it certainly throws a wrench on the enemy battle line (we always assume Slayers keep the 'Slayer' rule), I've found them rather slow and that you shouldn't stop to shoot if you can ever charge the enemy with them Pirates. Pistols were there for Armour Piercing and you wish to keep that -1 to hit them in combat going! :)

Speaking of which I bring some more units!

The Merchant Princes!

Lorenzo Lupo, Marco Colombo and Borgio the Besieger. These are rather old paintjobs that I should retackle eventually, the figurines are pretty dear to my heart despite I've only ever having fielded Borgio (until these days I hadn't suitable human infantry to slip Lupo in).

And regarding Slayers - Doomseekers!

These are some of my favorite Slayer units of all time! I mean, it's just an insane concept. Like a Night Goblin Fanatic, only looking much cooler!

I was pretty happy to find out the other day that I could field these together with Long Drong's in the same Warhammer Skirmish/Warbands list using the Slayer Army of Karak-Kadrin's armyrules. They are wonderful fun to use that way - I assume that these are particularly nasty berzerkers among the Fair Fregar's crew, and that their fellows give them a little berth when going on shore to plunder!

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:23:35 PM »
I can see all the photos. Beautiful work. Dogs of War were one of my first armies. I look forward to seeing more.

Very good, seems my application of the tech-priest method wasn't for naught!  Glad to hear it, I've been having lots of fun despite how much I struggl into getting the golden armor to look 'right'. The brown washes help, but sometimes I go too heavy at it and must drybrush the gold over again. Been using Tamyia's.

I've been slowly accumulating DoW figures to grow some units, with some Birdmen, Braganza's, Bronzino's, Marksman, and a few Alcanti and Leopold's on the way.

So have I, been slowly getting them for years now - mainly because I live on Brazil and the importation laws and taxes make it pretty expensive to get anything imported. It was only last year that I've finally managed to get myself enough Dogs of War to field them as an army on their own right. Before I had been hiring regiments to my Imperial, Marienburg-themed force.

Historical Games / Re: Dragon Rampant
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:59:50 PM »
Ah, very nice!

I mean, I've been through some Border Princes material and the name hadn't rung any bells to me, but what a nice little thing to do.

Back when I was still doing Chaos Dwarfs I did the same with Zharr Naggrund - if the Lizardmen can fly off their pyramids, why couldn't the Chaos Dwarfs, through Shadow magic, snatch their own ziggurats away? :) Standing between the Realms of Fire and Shadow, there stood mighty Zaramuskharaz' Citadel. It was a nice way to keep up with my favorite OCs into the new setting, although I am more unto Ogres and Chaos Mortals there days over there.

Painting Orange can be tricky, in my experience. They are looking pretty great, Artoban!

My current Dragon Rampant foes are Chaos Warriors lead by Crom the Conqueror, as well as pals' Perry Plastics XVth century fiefdoms and some other Imperials as well. XD

The Count's Tavern / Re: What literature are you reading?
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:41:44 PM »
If you could manage, try reading both. :)

As a historian, I must say that reading the original sources is always amusing and refreshing if you have studied a little bit of the context into which the text was produced. I was unaware of what GP just mentioned regarding the printing of the work [so early too, still in the XVth century! Awesome!]. I wonder if Caxton had some kind of royal privilege over the editions he printed [a sort of precursor to our current idea of intellectual property].

White's version is pretty amusing. It was used by Disney to craft his arthurian film The Sword in the Stone, so you really should approach it at a more whimsical version of the story. It is much less 'serious' or 'grave' in its handling of the theme of the Matter of Britain. I've read it before some time ago and found it a nice read, although the narrative is a bit convoluted - I found it easy to get distracted from it.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:34:09 PM »
That was... unexpected.

I mean, I can see the photos myself here right now, and could see them earlier as well when posting them. I'll have to see to this at once. There are supposed to be a dozen pictures up there! XD

I've stopped using Photobucket after they changed policies years ago. I'll try fixing them all at once.

EDIT: I seem to have fixed the last reply's pictures, I'll do the same to the main thread post as well asap, it would be nice if anyone who saw them [or not] could confirm. Artoban is witness that the pictures were working earlier! XD

P.P.S.: I hopefully 'fixed' all images, would be great if anyone could gimme a reply here to confirm it. So curious that they all went down in a couple hours.

The Brush and Palette / Re: My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 28, 2018, 12:19:55 AM »
Very cool army. Pirazzo's Lost Legion is one of my top favorite units that I never managed to get a hold of and yours are painted marvelously! Your Golgfag looks pretty good too, I like his face.

Thanks! Yeah, likewise. I've been amazed at how an all-metal unit feature some 8 different sculpts + command (3), making for a whopping 11 different models, all metal! They took *forever* to paint, but they ended up pretty nice if I could say so myself!

Quote: Il Condottiero : I've been about to dive head-first into Dragon Rampant, after all, and I find the same phylosophy applied to that system's design, and it appeals to me greatly.

I found I really like the idea of dragon rampant as well. It was referred by GP and I picked up the online rules, read them thru and got far enough with an army to play and all hell in RL broke out so I never got to play yet. Hopefully in the new year.


I've had gotten the book on a trade, together with a lot of Warmaster-scale figures, and it really intrigued me - specially because I did like the Lion Rampant earlier. Thanks for the link - I think I've started checking on that thread sometime ago! I think that, for Dogs of War, that is a great opportunity for a 'cosmopolitan'/'ragtag' army featuring units of many different races - which is one of the things that draw me to the force, after all. As in being able to field Fenbeasts and Dwarfs, Ogres and Humans! The Strength Points idea is simple yet elegant if you ask me! On the other hand, I've also been thinking on using my SAGA armies for it as well.

Some more units of these lumbering project:

Long Drong's Slayer Pirates!

I still have another ten of these to paint, but with a second command group so I am not so sure if I should put the knife on them and convert them. The dwarves are great, characterful models.

And then these I've tackled today: my Paymaster's Bodyguard, meant to be tilean heavy infantrymen, using the same sort of golden full plate armor as the Braganza's Besiegers and as my Venators. The Z-cipher is my personal sigil - the Prince's own symbol, we could say. The banner was made with the red and white stripes that feature so often on tilean companies! [My last name is Zanetti]

Been trying some new techniques on these as I try to refine my gold-armor making.

Historical Games / Re: Dragon Rampant
« on: November 27, 2018, 11:01:41 PM »
Outstanding work!

Say, where could I read some more about these Matoreans? I was about to denounce thee a heretic and a consort to daemons before thinking that could be a misunderstanding and you don't meant to field them together *at the same side*... right? XD

The Brush and Palette / Re: Chumley Warner's Empire. Darkness Arising
« on: November 27, 2018, 10:33:09 PM »
It took me a looooong time to notice the model had those tentacles for the left arm!

He looks amazing!

The Brush and Palette / My Dogs of War - And other army projects
« on: November 27, 2018, 07:44:36 PM »
Hey there, friends!

I've decided to set up 'shop' properly around here after the old Dogs of War Online forum got locked [unfortunately, suffering from a measure of bots and very few frequent posters, if at all  :unsure: ] to bring thee my Imperial, Tilean and Other related miniature projects regarding both Warhammer Fantasy Battles and, on occasion, Age of Sigmar. I find it a waste of efford to use miniatures set for a single system, so you'll find out that I mostly base my fantasy figures in square bases, allowing me to field them either in WFB, Age of Sigmar [given the basing doesn't really matter] or even the occasional Kings of War match.

I've been about to dive head-first into Dragon Rampant, after all, and I find the same phylosophy applied to that system's design, and it appeals to me greatly.

Without any further ado, let's see some pictures, shall we?

When I first started with my Dogs of War project, I've been mostly into Borgio the Besieger and the Principality of Miragliano in general. It always amused me how Cavatore and Stillman gave him a string of victories to parody the military italian victory of Vittorio Veneto [Via Veddia, Villa Venia and Vittoria Viccia]. Currently, however, I've been fielding them more often all around the Old World - from Luccini to the Border Princes!

Braganza's Besiegers! Invincibility at no extra charge!

These have been some of my favorite figures ever since I've first started to get into Warhammer back at 6th edition. I only started collecting and playing at 7th, however.

A Hireling Wizard Lord, Lore of Heavens, Tycho Braahms.

I've done something different when trying to paint him. At first I went for a deep blue, but decided to repaint him black so I could build up colors like celestial nebulas. It was pretty simple, but I like the effect.

And a little bit of a parade with figures painted in the last week, with my current Prince, Lietpold the Black. What a gorgeous little figurine - a pleasure to paint. I really like his arrogant pose and sneering expression!

Curiously we could say he's one of the few 'evil' characters Dogs of War had gotten throughout the years although people could certainly argue that the figure was not meant to the Dogs of War, but to the Empire alternative list featured on Tamurkhan, but no worries, you can't convince me otherwise. ;)

I've also started the daunting task of working on 60 Pirazzo's Lost Legion models. I've finished 20, so I can already start fielding them with anything close to combat effectiveness!
"Are you a poverty-striken youth? Join Pirazzo's Lost Legion! Trained in Lustria - We know where the gold is!"

I've found out that these pikemen look real intimidating when all properly ranked up, like they could roll through anything [which they hardly ever do at all, being simple humans and all that on a world with demons and always-strike-first elves! XD].

And lastly, the Greatest Mercenary in the World - Golgfag Maneater!

He was quite fun to paint, despite how the finecast material being mangled upon delivery.  :dry: I've had to convert him slightly to fix the figure, but I like how he ended up!

I'll eventually tackle the basing as well, it's just that I am currently feeling quite lazy XD

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