Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Age of Sigmar: My Return to Fantasy Gaming

I used to have a sizeable WHFB Warriors of Chaos army, replete with Chosen, Forsaken, Warriors and Marauder horsemen. But I fell out of love with the game. I found it slow, clunky, and quite boring, the death sentence for any game. Four years after selling the army, Age of Sigmar has come along, and I find myself quite liking it. With free rules (yes, really free, the sky isn't falling is it?) and streamlined gameplay, I've taken my first hesitant dip into the pool that is AoS.



A change this big is a perfect chance to try out a new army. I've always gone for Chaos armies, so I've gone for something different; the undead. Vampires, zombies and ghosts are familiar icons to me (being a goth in my spare time), and I've always liked the models. Amazingly, I've found a fair few models to get me started, plus the newest White Dwarf came with a free model, which I quickly found a use for...


...As my Wight King leader. The model is huge, towering over a Space Marine with ease, making it an ideal candidate for conversion into a hero choice. The armour was heavily chipped and scraped using various knives and files, and a large chunk was taken out of the chest. Some ribs were glued in the hole to make the model appear more undead, and not just a Stormcast who sucks at armour maintenance.


The weapon were swapped out for those from the Grave Guard set. The shield has been extended as the normal shield looked more like a buckler on this huge model.


For the paint scheme, I wanted a severely worn looking model. The Stormcast's normal gold plating has been replaced with beaten and verdigris-stained brass colouring. With a dark red as a secondary colour, this dark and dirty scheme looks well-suited to the hordes of undead. It is likely that this scheme will be applied to all future models.


So what about troops? I've been quite fortunate, in that I've found a few bits here and there. These Grave Guard models were intended to be part of another Chaos Space Marine army that never really took off. So instead they've been returned to their original purpose, armed with swords and shields. The champion has a larger set of weapons to pick him out.


As well as the shambolic skeletons I've come across some Chaos Hounds, which make ideal stand-ins for Dire Wolves. I have enough for a squad of five, as the first five were used for my Vraks force.

I'm going to try my first game later this week, but I have an idea of where I want to go with this army. I plan to get some more skeletons, then a special unit, either some Spirit Hosts or Hex Wraiths, and a Wight King banner bearer to buff my skeleton units.

8 comments:

  1. Cool conversion.
    I look forward to seeing more.

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  2. Wow...i didn't even know that king figure existed...that dude is wicked AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks :) It's a converted Stormcast, a great model with so much conversion potential

      -Matt

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  3. Exactly my thoughts. Haven't played fantasy in a while now I'm itching to get my ogres back on the table. Age of sigmar is exactly what I needed to do it.

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    1. Go for it :) If you have the models anyway, there's no loss! I've got the three units from the article, and all I've intentionally spent on AoS is £2.40 for the White Dwarf model.

      -Matt

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  4. nd the khorne models from the started set oh hell yeah

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  5. That is an excellent undead Knight conversion! I guess in a universe where the standard Empire troops have been switched from massive, armoured demigods, the undead have to keep up as well, eh? ;)

    I hope you're okay with me featuring the model as one of my favourite Stormcast Eternal kitbashes so far over on my blog. Here's a link:

    https://eternalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/age-of-sigmar-fun-with-freebies/

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    1. Awesome, thanks for the share! Some amazing conversions in that post, yours included :)

      -Matt

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