Efforts continue to prepare some sort of army for the upcoming pre-event wrangling. Fifth edition army books have been consulted; magic item cards sorted, sifted, stacked and scratched; the Tournament Battle scenario has been peered at and pored over.
In an attempt to aid the thought process I decided to dump every period-appropriate Vampire Counts model I own on a table so I could form them up into regiments and have a think, visualising the list building process (and seeing how much I still had left to paint).
Also, it made a nice opportunity for a photo opp. I realise the Age of Sigmar playmat is distinctly non-U – forgive me. My fully mag-locked foldaway 6’x4′ table has been delayed by bureaucracy, so this is the best I can do right now.
Of course, this renewed enthusiasm has bred renewed spending. Of course it has. You shut up.
At Firestorm’s October Bring and Buy I stocked up on extra plastic Knights and Wolves; I’ve also scored fifteen period-appropriate Ghouls and a second Bat Swarm base on eBay. The Ghouls have arrived, and I hope the Bats do before the test games on Saturday.
See, in 5e you can field one Bat Swarm at half price per Vampire in the army, in 6e you can field two as Core units in various dodgy theme lists. They don’t crumble when your general dies, and they’re fast without needing constant reminders of the tune to Vanhel’s Danse Macabre. Mine are the old Lord of the Rings SBG ones, because they are far more resilient than the crappy ‘stem’ swarms of the WFB range. They still look goofy, mind, but all the bats and wolves of this period do.
Talking of “things you can take two of in wacky 6e theme lists”, I’m also scouting out a second Black Coach for either the Army of Sylvania (where it’s vital to restore some of the tooth that’s lost from only having one Knight unit) or the back-of-the-book Von Carstein lists. At the moment I keep finding myself bid-sniped, but I’m holding out. I’d like it in metal, because screw resin, but people do take the piss with Buy It Now prices. The wretched thing is not Out of Production yet, chaps, kindly stop expecting three times its current RRP.
As a bonus, all this new stuff will probably give my 8e lists some more bite, so I might not even need to sully myself with Vargheists at all. We’ll have to see.
Anyway, I’m off to paint some movement trays. Tatty-bye. Who knows, there may be a battle report or two next week…