The Cavalry painting challenge #1

Good day,  I hate painting horses. I should probably have acted upon this knowledge before buying 50+ cavalrymen for my Muslims and Byzantines.

I have to do something about this, so I got this idea. Each month I will  paint at least two horsemen to completion and document the results here. I probably won’t be posting this every month, but skipping a post doesn’t mean skipping painting. You can follow this journey along and shame me when I fail and cheer when I succeed.

Here are the two I finished or October. A berber horseman and a Seljuk horse archer both from the Gripping Beast range. I did a small conversion on the Seljuk hat, an important item the plastic kit weirdly lacks. The plastic kit also has some serious gaps that need to be fixed.

 

And here are the next WIPs.

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More of the same but I also added a baggage train.

 

Wish me luck.

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Elysian Droptroops in 8th edition – theory and practice pt.3

We’re in the pipe – five by five!
Hey and welcome back reader, to the final installment of my Elysian Droptroops in 8th edition-series. This article won’t be too long as I’ve pretty much made all my points regarding how the space rangers fare in the latest edition of 40k. Instead I’d like to share with you the army list that I’m taking to the No Retreat 5 tournament in Gibraltar this weekend, as well as a couple of pictures of my painted collection of Elysians!

The fast and the furious – 2000pts of Elysian Droptroops!

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Elysian Droptroops in 8th edition – theory and practice pt.2

Welcome back trooper! In the last post I talked about my impressions of how the Elysian Droptroops have changed in the eighth edition of 40k from a theoretical point of view. While theorizing and doing your math hammer is a good exercise for deepening your knowledge of the game, at some point you really have to stick your cheek out and throw a few punches to get a feel for how your army will perform in your local meta. In this post, I’ll cover some of my experiences with taking the Elysians to the grand tournament at the convention Malmö Wargaming Weekend.

Veterans clearing out a compound. Photo by: Benny Sand.

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Elysian Droptroops in 8th edition – theory and practice pt.1

Veterans of the 101st Company advancing into firing positions. Picture by: Benny Sand.

G’dafternoon troopers! At ease!
It’s been a while since I talked about the gem of my nerdcave, namely my Elysian Droptroops army. Since the release of 8th edition I’ve managed to get about ten games under my belt, and with No Retreat V on the horizon, time has come to evaluate the main tactics and playstyle behind the army lists that I have tried so far. I also took the 101st Light Company to a 30 player tournament recently where I managed to end up second best (scoring the most victory points in the entire tournament), which gave me an opportuniy to run the Elysians against some of the tougher lists in the current meta. In this series of articles I’ll discuss the general changes that the new edition brought for the airborne, while moving on to a more detailed unit-by-unit review the closer we get to the tournament day!

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Pax in Nomine Domini! – Crusaders vs. Franks [SAGA battlereport]

Hello and welcome back for another SAGA showdown, this time between my Crusaders and Herman’s Frankish force using 6pt warbands! After having played several of the standard scenarios, like ‘Sacred Ground’, ‘Champions of God’, and the Challenge’, we decided that it was about time we stirred things up a bit. So, after a short discussion we settled on playing ‘the Last Stand!’ from the Crescent and the Cross rulebook, which is a challenging scenario for both defender and attacker alike.Read More »

Byzantium invades Malmö (SAGA Tournament Report)

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The Byzantines assembled and ready to crush barbarians.

Took the Byzantines out to their 4th SAGA tournament. I’ve been playing the Moors a lot in our Age of the Wolf campaign, but external circumstances forced my hand to pick the Romans. This AAR will describe my army, the scenarios we played, how the battles went, with focus on the important tactical decisions I remember. Lastly, a short evaluation of the tournament and my army will be presented. The initial strategy behind my army selection was to use Turcoman mercenaries and switch them with Javelin Levy. I totally failed to paint this as I needed  more practice games. I ended up with:Read More »