Spurred on by the progress of fellow Aaronoriumites (Please note: this term is now totally a thing) I have actually slapped plastic glue to miniature!
Sweet, sweet hobby progress!
Now I have to confess…When Age of Sigmar first popped up I was not a fan of the Stormcast Eternals. I’m usually a fan of all things beastly, having primarily been a Skaven or Beastman player in Mordheim or Warhammer Fantasy in days gone by. Devouring stories about Greek mythology when I was young I invariably found Minotaurs, Centaur, Chimeras and Gorgons more fascinating than the hero slaying them.
Though the Stormcast mini range were perfectly decent, I wasn’t instantly hooked. The notion of playing the hard hitting Extremis or Strike chambers didn’t appeal, although the more I’ve delved into their background, the more enamoured I’ve become.
What swung it for me, however, was the arrival of the Vanguard Auxillary miniatures.
While a fan of the Gryph-hounds, the Lord Aquilor and Vanguard Palladors blew me away, and the Star Eagles, and Aetherhawks cinched it for me. The notion of a guerrilla, ‘ranger’ force, with more autonomy than the main battleline forces of Sigmar seemed fascinating.
And so, as we build our AoS forces that will be my drive, the unifying theme of beaks and talons, as the army progresses to incorporate as many noble beasts as is sensibly possible.
In terms of our shared narrative, the force will have been tasked with exploring the seismic magical disruption caused by the death of a Godbeast in the Realm of Ghur…and will expand over time to represent a Lord Aquilor’s full Vanguard chamber, with some additional flavour from some indigenous folks they may encounter.
As we’re starting small, with forces based on the skirmish rules, I’ll be building some Aetherhawks, and using a Knight Venator as my initial leader. This should give me a chance to really go to town on a conversion for my first Stormcast miniature, and lavish some time over the next few weeks pinning down my colour schemes. So far I’m leaning heavily toward the ‘Knights of Azyr’, but I’m not quite sure what colours to make any Gryph Chargers to counterpoint their dark blue armour…if anyone has any suggestions or links to interesting Gryph minis please feel free to comment or share below!
Until next time, here’s a snap of the very first members of my AoS army; a little something to whet your beak…