In November I'm putting on a game of Warmaster for Omagh Wargames Club. (now recruiting!) The problems are, it'll be my first game of Warmaster too, and I need two 2K armies for it! This plog will be a record of whether I make it or not.
So. I already have a small lead pile of high elves from the depths of time. That gave me the idea for the simple scenario in the title of this plog, though it isn't much more fleshed out than that. If I press some BoFA wood elves and eagles into service that'll be comfortably over 2K points. Great. I just need to paint them all, now.
The attached pic shows what I already have ready to paint, or partially painted. One unit each of Phoenix Guard (counts as spearmen in the rules, probably give 'em a magic item); archers; BoFA archers; Shining Helms; Reaver Knights; chariots; and two characters. Better pics when I concentrate on each unit.
The first thing to do is think about the colour scheme for this revamp. The part-painted minis are pretty standard high elves - blue and white. The new scheme won't be much different, but with a warmer blue and duller gold. A bit more regal and cold, maybe. Hopefully it'll just involve a touch-up on what little I've done. The wood elves will be in different colours, but again nothing too divergent from the GW studio's take. More on all that in the next post.
One other thing is that I have no dragons. Didn't buy any. If anyone knows me from here or other forums, you'll know I'm extraordinarily fussy about the design and quality of dragon minis and other monsters. Very stubborn and hard to please. There's only a handful that I really like, few of them from GW, and none in 10mm. But I'm also a bit fond of pushing putty, so I might put my money where my mouth is and sculpt a dragon for this army somewhere down the line. I could try for a griffon too, before or after the November game.
And now the big question. The ??? What will the second army be? I also have just over 600 points of lizardmen in blisters, but it's going to cost a pretty penny to bump them up to 2K, directly from GW. I think I could get a full 2K army of something else, for much less on ebay.
I bought a few empire units there a couple of months ago, but they never turned up. That soured me a little; and thinking about it, I'd have to agonise over which province to paint and force myself to pick out bright colours on quartered uniforms and blah blah blah. I don't have the time to go obsessive on two armies. I could try chaos or undead instead, which would suit a quick 'n' dirty paintjob. But the theme I've chosen calls out for one army in particular, and after seeing how well the strips take a dip, I'll most likely go for greenskins.