Sunday, 17 April 2011

Elyrian Reavers (IoB) and my first taste of a game.

So, two things happened last week:

1) I started painting the Elyrian Reavers from the Island of Blood Kit.
These are really nice models. Like the swordmasters, they're detailed enough to be interesting but not so detailed that it becomes a frustration! Since there's only 5 of them, i've found myself taking a bit longer with them.

Here's a picture showing the basics on. Once again i'm sticking with the GW look for none other than it's simple. Main colours on the model are Blue and White (being a Sheffield United fan. this amount of blue and whit is hard to swallow sometimes). The horse will be black since i want the rider to stand out. Aside from the silver and gold parts and the legs being leather. The only new colour introduced on these models will be bleached bone on the bows and feathers

I always hate seeing a model in this state as it's so one dimensional. Here's the unit after a wash of Badab Black and Chestnut ink on respective parts:

There's more to this unit as explained below and should be up tommorow...

2) I went down to my local GW (Sheffield) and managed to get a taste of the rules with my own army. I wouldn't call it a proper game as such. Basically, guys had already set up a 2500 pt game just as i arrived and kindly allowed me to set up my 1500pt list on one short edge. The other guys were Dark ELves and Ogre Kingdoms. I think this would have been a brilliant game but sadly, the Dark Elves player had to leave on turn 2. Rather nicely, the other fella carried on just so i could get a feel for the rules.

I wont give a full battle report as it was ratehr disjointed and so will just note down the things i learnt this week

Things learnt:
1) Dark Elves - more shots than Pete Doherty at a free bar! Also, mental note: Dont charge swordmasters into big unit of crossbow elves - when they panic, they tend to release death!

2) Ogre Kindoms - Hit. Fucking. Hard! There are some units that i could just never feel bad about dropping dwellers on. These have many of those units!

3) Folariath's Robe - i had this. opponent didn't have any magical attacks. Felt kind of bad. Mage ended up blowing himself up with a miscast of dwellers anyway but food for thought ...which leads to...

4) Dwellers - Fun! Considering my Swordmasters got shot to shit fromt he Dark Elves before reaching anything, i didn't feel so bad about returning this on one of his large units!

So today, i've been adding more to the reavers. I've not managed to photograph the updates as i really wanted to finish them, but between the grand prix early start, cooking a roast and writing a dissertation all week, i'm spent! Hoping to finish them tommorow, so will hopefully have an update on that then. Reckon the spearmen are up next so need to get them based!

Lastly, i intend on heading down to Sheffield GW with my 1500 list again this Thursday (21st) so if you fancy a game - let me know.

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