Well hello there!
Another week has flown by, and (inspired by the progress of my fellow Aaronoriumites) I’ve actually managed to maintain hobby progress, putting the finishing touches to my Skirmish warband.
This week has seen my Knight Venator conversion completed, and I’m now at the stage where all that’s needed is to put paint to mini.
Without wanting to sound like I’m making excuses I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock due to Northern Ireland’s less-than-clement weather, and so have had to postpone undercoating her, but as soon as I get a break in the climate department I can’t wait to make a start on her and her winged compatriots.
So what’s next? Quite a lot, actually. Thanks for asking.
For now, in lieu of painting, I’ve made a start on a little side project.
This magnificent beastie is the first step in something special that I hope will be ready to show by next week…and I’ll give you a hint – it’s not for a war-altar.
After that little endeavour, I’d also mentioned that my skirmish force is a jumping-off point for an army replete in noble beasts. The main component will be a Vanguard Auxillary chamber, and next on the cutting board is a Lord Aquilor conversion.
With our narrative setting (forces converging in Ghur, the Realm of Beasts, following the death of a Godbeast), Aaron considering a secondary force of Fyreslayers, and Colin considering some Moonclan Grots, I also fancy the notion of working on a secondary force thematically linked to my Stormcast.
Malign Portents has added some rich background to the Realms, and after listening to some Black Library audiobooks I’ve also become quite intrigued as to the nature of those mortals who dwell in the Realms, and have survived the Ages of Myth, and Chaos. If I manage to complete my Stormcast, I plan to add a small allied force based on Freeguild units, representing some locals from the Realm of Beasts who worship a Godbeast known as ‘The Father of Griffons’.
I envisage such mortals would see Sigmar’s chosen on Gryph-Chargers, and accompanied by packs of Gryph-hounds with a mix of awe and apprehension. This should allow me to stretch my army concept a little further, and should give me the option to convert and add some slightly more quirky options, like demigryph knights, or a Battlemage on Griffon.
In the meantime I plan to get paint on my Knight Venator (Venatrix?), and not let these grand and fanciful plans distract me…
Gaming-wise, I’m a little worried that my skirmish force has the smallest numbers of our group. While the Knight Venator is pretty tough, she comes with a hefty renown cost, and the Aetherwings (though perfectly thematic) are not much back-up. If anyone has any useful tips on how not to get stomped in our upcoming games feel free to comment below!