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'Tell me, what is the greatest lie in all of Azyrheim? Surely, that we all "live in peace", is it not?' said Siegfried as he finished the last of his drink and set the pewter flask down upon the tavern table. 'Here in the lower levels, in the slums, Sigmar has forgotton us, be we Man, Aelf or Duardin. Our God is all but consumed with his war even while this city rots from the ground up.'

'You speak too much, Captain,' said the Aelf dressed in ancient armour. 'Will you take us or not?'

'The map is incomplete.'

'We are aware and had hoped you could circumvent any missing passages. Your reputation precedes you, after all.'

Siegfried smiled at her words. 'Do you have the coin?'

She tossed a rawhide pouch across the table.

'Then it would be my pleasure...' he regarded the second Aelf sat at the table, '...your Highness.'




Introduction

Once-upon-a-time there was a "world-that-was" and there was myself, happily returned to the hobby, taking the first steps into Warhammer Fantasy Battle with a growing Empire army. I made a blog which can be found here: link

But then that world blew up and everyone died... the end.

Fast forward 40,000 years (or thereabouts) and we are now in the Age of Sigmar. Same models, different bases, rules and fluff.

I love the rules. I love the bases. I love the freedom of army composition. The fluff...?

I'm still warming to it.

Where's the GW trademark grimdark? I don't buy it. If Man, Aelf and Duardin live in harmony in Azyrheim for what reason did Sigmar open the Realm Gates once more?

No. There must be a dark side, a rotten core. Sigmar to me is an incredibly petty God, prone to his obsessions and revenge. The people of Azyrheim have been left to their own devices: the fanatical zealots of cult Sigmar. The dispossessed Duardin with their grudges. The many facets of Aelfdom and the Free Peoples, all stepping on eachother's toes.

Azyrheim is a multicultural city like none before. And there is not a chance they are all living in harmony together.

That leads us to this blog. Here I will be doing my best to inject some grey back into Age of Sigmar whilst finding a home for my displaced 8th Edition army. Throughout I will be aiming to improve my painting too and of course have lots of fun along the way.

If you ever read my Necromunda blog (here), this one won't be as structured or narrative but I hope to have a fast pace and include some fun extras like battle reports and other things along the way.



Siegfried's Desperados

My 8th edition Empire army is evolving to the freedom Age of Sigmar offers. No longer are they the city guard of Altdorf, they are now known as 'The Desperados', a band of inter-realm smugglers, treasure hunters and misfits operating out of Azyrhiem. When Sigmar opened the realm gates once more an appetite for luxuries found beyond the Celestial Realm grew amoung the upper classes of society. Siegfried and his Desperados were some of the first to capitalise on this market.

The Mortal Realms are perilous especially beyond the areas newly liberated by Sigmar's rampaging Stormcasts, but for those willing to brave the dangers, the treasures to be found amongst the ruined cities are without count.

Siegfried Stormhart

Brash, compulsive and prone to vanity, Seigfried Stormhart is perhaps an unlikely leader of the Desperdos, however he has gotton his men out of enough dire situations to earn their respect. At a young age his mother would tell him wonderous stories of a "city-that-was", a place called Altdorf where the God, Sigmar, ruled when he was still a mortal man. His mother even claimed lineage from the city's nobility, an unknowable truth that Siegfried fiercely defends.

Intrigued by the ancient city still to this day he has dressed himself in the city's colours, red and blue, and many of his desperdos follow suite. Siegfried hopes that one day his adventures will lead him to stumble upon the location of this long lost city.

This model is really the last I painted for my 8th Edition Empire army (where he was intended not to be my general, merely a captain). I am particualry proud of his face, which I think came out very well. The highlights on his clothes are a bit sharp and untidy in my opinion. I am considering to switch to white undercoat for my remaining Empire models and I am interested to see how they will look side by side.

More to come.... thanks for reading!



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Oooooooooooooo STUFF! Nice painting too!
   
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Cornacaprious

Once an Amethyst Wizard, Cornacaprious is now a wanted outlaw sought by many in Azyreim. Not long after the Realm Gates were reopened he came into possession of a book, the book of Nehek. This tome was filled with the dark secrets of Death Magic from Shyish, with one problem - it is written in a language dead for thousands of years.



He has agreed to work for Siegfried in return for the protection the Desperados offer as he travels the Mortal Realms seeking to learn the ancient language the book of Nehek is written in.

This miniature was my first attempt at painting from a white undercoat. I largely painted the lighter tones first and then inked down to create shadows. It was a learning process indeed, but a fun and rewarding one! I really think white undercoat is going to help improve my painting I just need to make sure I get a smooth finish from the spray, as it came out grainy this time.

What do you think?



More to come...

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This is some high quality shiznizzle.
   
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LeCacty wrote:Oooooooooooooo STUFF! Nice painting too!


LeCacty wrote:This is some high quality shiznizzle.


Cheers buddy :-) thanks for taking to time to read. Lots more to come soon!

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Excellent! I really liked your WFB stuff, and you seem to be continuing in the same vein here! Keep it coming!

   
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I love the ideas and the presentation. Nice graphic design.

I think that AoS has so much potential for a dark side, more so than the Old World even, and I think it is a bit of a shame we have only been given a look at the Eternals so far. Like you I wanted to dive right in and get started on something else, but there is always the risk that what you do won't fit in with what GW does, when it eventually does it.

I suspect that the germanic influence will be dialed down when it comes to the human survivors, possibly the religious side (fanatics and such) dialed up. I hope that elves and dwarfs are re-imagined quite dramatically It is frustrating there aren't many hints about it yet.

Good start, keep it up

 
   
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Great start, Wizard looks very good.

Will be waiting for more!

 
   
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The book of Nehek - Summoning Incantation of Spirit Hosts

The nefarious studies of Cornacaprious (The Desperados' Necromancer), have yielded its first dark fruit. Cornacaprious has unlocked an incantation to summon a host of spirits at his bidding.

This is what I love about Age of Sigmar. I'm starting a Vampire Count army essentially, but until it is ready to be a force in its own right I can add it into my existing Empire army. No books needed, no complicated allying rules, just a narrative about a rogue wizard slowly being corrupted by the book he carries.

These models were an absolute joy to paint.

- White Undercoat
- Nihilakh Oxide
- Lahmian Medium + Biel-Tan Green 50/50 applied in recesses
- Celestra Grey first highlight
- Pallid Wych Flesh second hightlight

I enjoyed painting them so much I am going to do a Banshee and some Hexwraiths in a similar scheme.

Let me know what you think!

More to come...







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Those minis look sooooo much better on round bases! The awesome paintwork helps!

   
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Very cool project so far! I especially like how you encapsulate it here:

 Bottle wrote:
That leads us to this blog. Here I will be doing my best to inject some grey back into Age of Sigmar whilst finding a home for my displaced 8th Edition army. Throughout I will be aiming to improve my painting too and of course have lots of fun along the way.

Some "grey" would be most welcome in Age of Sigmar, and I really like the look of the models and the story you have started here.
   
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Paradigm wrote:Excellent! I really liked your WFB stuff, and you seem to be continuing in the same vein here! Keep it coming!


Thanks man! The WFB stuff has been on hold for a little while with the uncertainty before AoS, so it's great to be back.

Bruticus wrote:I love the ideas and the presentation. Nice graphic design.

I think that AoS has so much potential for a dark side, more so than the Old World even, and I think it is a bit of a shame we have only been given a look at the Eternals so far. Like you I wanted to dive right in and get started on something else, but there is always the risk that what you do won't fit in with what GW does, when it eventually does it.

I suspect that the germanic influence will be dialed down when it comes to the human survivors, possibly the religious side (fanatics and such) dialed up. I hope that elves and dwarfs are re-imagined quite dramatically It is frustrating there aren't many hints about it yet.

Good start, keep it up


Really interesting comment, yes there's a chance that any story I make doesn't fit with GW's fluff later on. Hopefully there will still be trade and commerce between cities though (surely!?) because that would also hint at crime, smuggling and all those black market pastimes I need here :-)

Littletower wrote:Great start, Wizard looks very good.

Will be waiting for more!


Thanks!

Paradigm wrote:Those minis look sooooo much better on round bases! The awesome paintwork helps!


Yeah, I love the circle bases. It really enhances the miniatures, but the models that have improved the most are cavalry with their oval bases! Can't wait to post some here.

RiTides wrote:Very cool project so far! I especially like how you encapsulate it here:

 Bottle wrote:
That leads us to this blog. Here I will be doing my best to inject some grey back into Age of Sigmar whilst finding a home for my displaced 8th Edition army. Throughout I will be aiming to improve my painting too and of course have lots of fun along the way.

Some "grey" would be most welcome in Age of Sigmar, and I really like the look of the models and the story you have started here.


Thanks very much! I hope it stays as interesting as the project grows.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

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I have to agree with you on round bases. ESPECIALLY when the whole mini is contained in the base (I hope you get what I mean), or atleast is for the most part. That is really nice looking!
   
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The book of Nehek, Chapter 2 - Summoning Incantation of Deathrattle Warriors

The clatter of shields, the rattle of bones. Warriors of Death slowly approach.

Cornacaprious has unlocked more mysteries from the book of Nehek. Now he can summon forth long dead warriors from ages forgotten to wage war once more.

Here is my first unit of Deathrattle Skeleton Warriors armed with swords and tomb shields.




I had an absolute blast painting these miniatures, some of the most enjoyable to paint miniatures I have ever had.

Again, these where painted from a white undercoat. I took extra time on the rusty metals. I wanted to use the turquoise of Nihilahk Oxide to give them an ethereal and fantastical touch. I think I pulled it off convincingly, but I would love to hear your thoughts.

The pink makes a nice colour to contrast with, the scheme was taken from the new studio Death army.

I think at some point I would like more skeleton warriors to paint. Perhaps some Grave Guard next time...

Cornacaprious can summon quite a legion now. See the force all mustered below:



More to come...


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AWWW YISS SKELETONS!
Stop making me want to buy skeletons. Stahp.
   
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Beautifully painted miniatures!

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These are awesome, when I get round to AOS I'll be doing something similarly narrative, albeit probably not as impressive as this.

   
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LeCacty wrote:I have to agree with you on round bases. ESPECIALLY when the whole mini is contained in the base (I hope you get what I mean), or atleast is for the most part. That is really nice looking!


LeCacty wrote:AWWW YISS SKELETONS!
Stop making me want to buy skeletons. Stahp.


Thanks! And yes, I love the round bases. One of the best things about AoS for me.

Warboss_Waaazag wrote:Beautifully painted miniatures!


Cheers :-)

WaaaaghLord wrote:These are awesome, when I get round to AOS I'll be doing something similarly narrative, albeit probably not as impressive as this.


Thanks! Yeah the best way to build an army is to have fun with creating the story around them.

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ooooh - some vrey very nice stuff here! I'm in!! Particularly like your Cornacaprious fig. Tidy stuff bottle

   
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There is not this idea.

Some really nice painting and modeling. Those skeletons are almost enough to convert me over to the round bases side. Almost.

I hope AoS allows and even encourages the sort of storytelling you're doing.
   
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 toasteroven wrote:
Some really nice painting and modeling. Those skeletons are almost enough to convert me over to the round bases side. Almost.

I hope AoS allows and even encourages the sort of storytelling you're doing.

Not to derail the thread but I think that was the intent. If you wanna converse about it let's PM so we don't distract from PURPLE SKELETONS OHMYGOD I WANT, *ahem* Sorry.
   
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Bottle, loved your Necromunda blog. Really like the work you are doing here as well. Your empire / VC models are top notch.

I personally don't like the direction AoS has taken, but I have been having fun with my fantasy models in other games such as Mordheim and Song of Blades and Heroes. Keep up the good work and I'm glad you're having so much fun with it!!


Check out my Deadzone/40k/necromunda blog here! 
   
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This blog is the first thing to make me excited for AoS. Can't wait to see more from you.
   
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Hey guys, a real quick update to say...

I GOT ADDED TO THE GW FLICKR POOL :-D

Cornacaprious and his death hordes are now the first picture in the pool and it comes up on the website Flickr pool preview. Check it out!





Direct Links:

Blog - http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/blog/blog.jsp

Flickr Pool - https://www.flickr.com/groups/gamesworkshop/

Feels pretty cool considering I visit the blog every day (even Sundays...).

Maybe one day I can aim for actually being featured in the post? Guy can dream right? I'll probably have to get a better photo set up than an iPhone and a piece of A4 paper though :-P

Januine wrote:ooooh - some vrey very nice stuff here! I'm in!! Particularly like your Cornacaprious fig. Tidy stuff bottle


Gomawoyo! I love your work, so it's great to hear that from you.

toasteroven wrote:Some really nice painting and modeling. Those skeletons are almost enough to convert me over to the round bases side. Almost.

I hope AoS allows and even encourages the sort of storytelling you're doing.


Thanks! When you play a pile in, round base on round base, you'll never want to go back. Trust me ;-)

My biggest problem with AoS so far is how dull the background is to the game. Especially compared to the Old World. I really hope with time GW can improve it as they expand it. If not, I'll just stick with my version of things :-)

LeCacty wrote:
 toasteroven wrote:
Some really nice painting and modeling. Those skeletons are almost enough to convert me over to the round bases side. Almost.

I hope AoS allows and even encourages the sort of storytelling you're doing.

Not to derail the thread but I think that was the intent. If you wanna converse about it let's PM so we don't distract from PURPLE SKELETONS OHMYGOD I WANT, *ahem* Sorry.


Haha. I stole the colour scheme from GW. Love those purple robes they have done one of their death armies in!

squall018 wrote:Bottle, loved your Necromunda blog. Really like the work you are doing here as well. Your empire / VC models are top notch.

I personally don't like the direction AoS has taken, but I have been having fun with my fantasy models in other games such as Mordheim and Song of Blades and Heroes. Keep up the good work and I'm glad you're having so much fun with it!!


Cheers, It's really nice to hear you liked my Necromunda too (still my favorite GW game ever!) The Necromunda thread will come back eventually. I've been eyeing up my Ratskins recently... but no. I have to stay focused on AoS for now.

In the end I do want to expand into other games with my miniatures. Mordheim is an option (can it be played with round bases?) and also some AoS meets Warhammer Quest hybrid. So much gaming to do, so little free time...

rhesusforbreakfast wrote:This blog is the first thing to make me excited for AoS. Can't wait to see more from you.


Wow! Thanks a lot :-)

More to come...


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WOW DUDE! Congrats! Seriously! You definitely deserve to be up there
   
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Great work, that Undead warband looks fantastic!

   
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Heroes of Order

More of my old 8th Edition Empire have passed through the realmgates to Azyrheim (i.e. have been rebased onto a circle base). This time it's Wolmar Held, Battle Standard Bearer, pledging his service once more to Siegfried.

Sigmar might have forgotten about the lowly denizens of Azryheim, but the Free Peoples are a suspicious lot and the Desperados are no exception. Wolmar Held carries the Desperado's totem aloft no matter how dank or dark the dungeons they find themselves in across the Mortal Realms.

What's next?

I have lots on my painting station that I am hoping to finish soon. Cornacaprious has been busy delving into the dark arts and I have a Wight King, Tomb Banshee, Cairn Wraith and Hexwriaths all nearing completion.

Meanwhile Siegfried has been making allies among the outcasts of Azyrheim. I have two High Aelf heroes coming as well as a Duadrin Warmachine. All coming soon!

LeCacty wrote:WOW DUDE! Congrats! Seriously! You definitely deserve to be up there


Thanks a lot, mate! I was really stoked. Hoping to appear on it more if I can!

Azazelx wrote:Great work, that Undead warband looks fantastic!


Thanks, Azazelx. I am a big fan of your blog too, so that's nice to hear. :-)

More to come...

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I love Wolmar! Awesome banner!
   
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Duardin Steam Guilds


The Duardin of Azryheim are known as the “Dispossessed”, stripped of their homelands, their mines and their fortunes. They have been refugees for an age ever since Sigmar first closed off the realm of Azyr. Through that time they have never forgotten nor forgiven any who have wronged them, for the Duardin are notorious for the grudges they bear.

Now that Sigmar has reopened the realm gates the Duardin have began to cast their gaze back across the Mortal Realms once more. The great Steam Guilds of Azyrheim each crafting their own plans to retake the lost holds or to carve fortunes anew.

Expeditions of Prospectors, Surveyors and Cartographers have been sent out to map the Mortal Realms and it is not uncommon to see bands of Duardin alongside armies of Free Peoples or Aelves selling thier services in battle for the chance to chart unexplored territories.



Prospector Glimmer

Prospector Glimmer of the Ironfire Guild has joined Siegfried and the Desperados under the provision of first mining rights on all potential rare metals found as well as a cut in the treasure. The Ironfire Guild has provided a Battle Cannon to Siegfried with the promise of reinforcements if their ventures are successful.





These are models from the old Battle For Skull Pass (the WHFB 7th Edition Starter Set). They are not the greatest of sculpts but to me they have some charm. I wanted to experiment with them a little bit, so I went for a NMM (non-metallic metal) approach to try and recreate a cartoony appearance similar to say, World of Warcraft.

There are no complicated blends, so it's not a true NMM style. Instead matt base coats and simple edge highlights for grey and gold pieces. What do you think?



This Cannon has been nicknamed "Baby Cannon" as it is fielded next to my Empire Great Cannon in games. It fits perfectly on a 40mm base, and the only word I can think to describe it is... "cute", haha.

Like my Vampire Counts models, these Dwarfs will eventually become an army in their own right. I have plans to paint the Thunderers from the BFSP set next and then perhaps to add new models. I love the Gyrocopter and the Ironbreakers, so those are strong candidates.

What do you think of my Duardin?

....and that's not all. Cornacaprious is still busy binding dead souls to do his bidding....

... More to come



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