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Relic Knights

So, way back in 2012 my buddy told me about Kickstarter. He’d helped fund Zombicide and showed me Relic Knights which was being kickstarted by Sod Pop Minis. I’d previously bought Super Dungeon Explore, also made by them and really liked their anime style miniatures. So, long story short, my mate and I pledged into Relic Knights with enough funds to take 2 factions (including limited edition figures for each).

Almost 2 years later… my miniatures arrived! I’ve since pledged on a few other projects but this is the first one that has arrived in its entirety (the physical components of Warmachine Tactics have arrived…). I just thought I’d drop a few (read: lots) photos of what was in the box.

A hefty hardcover book with all the rules, all the faction stats, and a painting guide.

A hefty hardcover book with all the rules, all the faction stats, and a painting guide.

The first faction that caught my eye was the Cerci Speed Circuit because high speed mechs! I’m still waiting to hear from their support team on whether I’m missing a figure as everything that seems to come in the retail Cerci starter box came to me in separate retail packages but the Questing Knight that is pictured on the starter packaging is not here. Time has dulled my memory of whether she’s supposed to be included…

The second faction was kind of sold for me on the concept art of one of the limited edition figures; Tycho from Penny Arcade… But also, wizards; The Doctrine.

On top of all that…

I have one more figure to come, which was packaged in with my mate’s pledge. Please don’t go missing, please don’t go missing… Until then, this lot just got added to my extensive painting backlog.

All the things...

All the things…

Overall, I’m really impressed with the figures, the quality of presentation and Soda Pop’s constant communication of issues and delays.

Painting Tutorials Online (YouTube Links)

Painting Tutorials Online (YouTube Links).

I’m just going to leave this here because this is a super-useful and comprehensive (although, undoubtedly, not exhaustive) list of tips, tricks and tutorials for painting as well as some other generally useful hobby stuff.

If you don’t paint miniatures, have any interest in painting miniatures, or think this is a total waste of time… Move along.

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WiP Wednesday: Warpborn Skinwalkers

I’ve been getting some work done in dribs and drabs on my first non-Warlock/Warbeast unit for Hordes. I’ve been keen for these guys since I first started painting Hordes but the lure of the big beasties has always won out when it came to painting. I can’t wait to get these done and tearing faces off on the battlefield. I really like how the different fur colours have turned out.

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WiP Wednesday: Warpborn Skinwalkers

These guys literally just hit the table. Spray primed them this evening and got a base on the fur of the Alpha. Really keen to get these painted so I can tear into my mate’s Cygnar army in a new way.

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To the field of battle!

After what has been far too long, my friend and I finally put some Warmachine/Hordes on the battlefield and slugged it out.

My friend fielded his Cygnar forces at 35 points, headed up by “Seige,” a brute of a man with a rocket launcher! Attended by his Gobber lackey, he led a contingent of Stormguard and Gun Mages to battle, ably supported by a couple of heavy Warjacks.

I fielded Kaya the Moonhunter and an assortment of Circle Orboros’ faithful Warbeasts.

Our battlefield is still a little sparse on terrain but for a first game it suited our purposes. Excuse the blurriness of some of these photos as they were just quick phone shots at the start of each round.

Start of game setup. Gun Mages on the right, Stormguard in the middle and "Seige" showing me how Cygnar commanders "lead" from the rear.

Start of game setup. Gun Mages on the right, Stormguard in the middle and “Seige” showing me how Cygnar commanders “lead” from the rear.

Mad rush by all Warbeasts to the left flank.

Mad rush by all Warbeasts to the left flank.

Purblood Warpwolf has taken heavy fire as the Feral Warpwolf starts to dismantle the enemy's right flank.

Pureblood Warpwolf has taken heavy fire as the Feral Warpwolf starts to dismantle the enemy’s right flank.

The Gun Mages finally get into combat after their targets vanished from their sights.

The Gun Mages finally get into combat after their targets vanished from their sights.

Victory: Orboros. Wait, where'd "Seige" go? All I see is this smear under the Feral Warpwolf.

Victory: Orboros. Wait, where’d “Seige” go? All I see is this smear under the Feral Warpwolf.

While I was victorious, it was only by the narrowest of margins. The turn before I ripped “Seige” apart, Kaya should have died to 2 rockets to the face. The first one dropped her to 2 health. If she hadn’t transferred 2 damage to a ‘beast the turn before, it would have been over. With 2 health left, “Seige” lines up his 2nd shot and rolls three 1s… He didn’t last long after that.

All in all, an incredibly fun and tense game. I am super-keen to paint some more units and try a different force composition.

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WiP Wednesday: Hordes

I’ve been quite busy with painting this week in preparation for a game pitting my Circle Orboros against my buddy’s Cygnar forces. The Gorax and Pureblood Warpwolf from last week are nearing completion and because it’s been a strong week of painting for me I’ve got 2 stages to show this week.

First up, the Gorax. Not much to say about this guy. The pose is pretty ordinary but he does kind of look like the Gorax from the Star Wars spin-off movie, Caravan of Courage so his colour scheme is echoing that design. He will probably see little use on the table once I paint up the 2nd sculpt that my mate got me for my birthday, recently.

On to the exciting model, the Pureblood Warpwolf. The wolves are what drew me to Circle Orboros and this guy is the coolest of the cool. I’ve always been anxious about painting white but with a short deadline on this model I’ve had to just throw myself into it and I’m quite pleased with how the white has turned out. Now that the supporting colours are starting to go down, I’m very happy with the direction on this guy. The lighting is kind of washing out the warm shadows on his skin but for reference, this is how he looked last week with just a Gryphonne Sepia wash over white primer…

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WiP Wednesday: Hordes

I’ve got a couple more Hordes warbeasts on the go at the moment. The aim is to have this Pureblood Warpwolf and Gorax finished in the next week and a half to throw down a 35 point game against my mate’s Cygnar tin cans.
On to the pictures, I suppose. The Gorax is coming along quite quickly.

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I’m really apprehensive about the Pureblood Warpwolf because, y’know, painting white. I want it to match the style I established on my Feral Warpwolf so the white will need to be built up in many, many layers. So far, it’s white primer, Gryphonne Sepia wash and Dheneb Stone layer. Unfortunately, he’s looking slightly purplish at this stage but I’m confident that I can get the result that I want.

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