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    Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    Hello all!

    My local GW, Leamington Spa, is running a Tale Of... starting at the end of August until the end of December. Now as luck would have it, I've recently been re-reading my old White Dwarfs for 2nd Edition 40K stuff, and one of the series that I'd read was the original (and best) Tale of Four Gamers involving Roy Barber (Skaven), Richard Gunson (Bretonnians), Paul Sawyer (Beastmen) and Richard Hobson (Wood Elves), over WDUK issues 217-222.

    So, in homage to those fine gentlemen and their brilliantly inspired series, I thought I would copy them and take part. The rules I will follow are:

    1) The army is to total 1,000 points by the end of the four months
    2) I will spend the same amount as the original budget - 50 in month one, 25 a month thereafter
    3) Each month I must end with everything I bought having been fully painted and based

    With that out of the way, I sat and thought long and hard about my army choice. I already have big Empire and Vampire Counts armies, and small forces of Bretonnians, Dwarves and Chaos, so I didn't want to do any of those. Orcs and Goblins and Skaven both have impressively high model counts even at low points values, so they were out as that would probably launch me well overbudget. That left Dark Elves, High Elves, Wood Elves, Tomb Kings, Beastmen and Ogres.

    Wood Elves I discarded because I only want to do Forest Spirits and the models for Treekin and the like are out of the 25 a month band. Ogres are not really my cup of tea, so they went, and Tomb Kings are too similar to my Vampire Counts so they were a no as well. I thought about Beastmen, but the models just aren't as cool and intimidating as they were back in the late 1990s, so out they went too!

    That left the High Elves and their evil cousins, the Dark Elves. Now I was onto something! In my own personal corner of the Warhammer World, the Border Principality of Tyrka, there is a High Elf settlement, the trading city of Tor Sethain, and there are frequent raids on the coast and sometimes deeper inland by raiding parties from a Black Ark that frequently sails down the Black Gulf.

    Out came the army books and I jotted down some ideas. The first was a fairly classic High Elf Citizen Militia force from Tor Sethain - a Prince, a Noble, a Mage, two blocks of archers, a block of spearelves and some Silver Helms. The second was a Dark Rider scout/raider force consisting of two Masters on Dark Steeds, a Sorceress on a Dark Steed, three units of six Dark Riders, and a Scourgerider Chariot just because.

    Then I looked at how much each would cost me and what I'd have to buy each month to build the army. Out went the Dark Elves!

    All of which means that the Defenders of Tor Sethain will be my contribution to the Tale Of... at Leamington. And here's the list, after having slightly reworked it to prevent it being illegal (oops):

    Duke Rallion of Tor Sethain on Ithilmar barded steed, with heavy armour, shield, hand weapon and lance - 113 points
    Count Torvenneth with Battle Standard, heavy armour, shield and hand weapon - 111 points
    Nia, Second Circle Mage of the Tower, hand weapon, Dispel Scroll, Khaine's Ring of Fury - 170 points

    The North Gate Guard:
    10 Archers with hand weapons and longbows - 100 points

    The South Gate Guard:
    10 Archers with hand weapons and longbows - 100 points

    The Merchant District Militia:
    19 Spearmen with light armour, shields, spears and full command - 201 points

    Nobles of the Tower District:
    8 Silver Helms with barded steeds, heavy armour, shields, lances, hand weapons and full command - 214 points

    Total Points Cost: 999 points!

    My purchasing plan is as follows:

    August-September: High Elf Nobles box, Alarielle the Everqueen, box of Silver Helms (49, 1 left over)
    September-October: High Elf Archers box (20, 6 left over)
    October-November: High Elf Archers box (20, 11 left over)
    November-December: High Elf Spearmen box (20, 16 left over)

    Amazingly, in four months, and for less than my budget of 125, I will have a 1,000 point army! Admittedly, back in the day, the original ToFG crew could use Grand Openings to pick up bargains such as "Buy three boxes/blister packs and get the cheapest free!" so they ended up with armies larger than they could have afforded otherwise, but I'm still very impressed that it's at all possible to get anything even remotely playable so quickly nowadays without recourse to one of the starter sets.

    I'll be chronicling my efforts here, and on my blog, too.


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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    I really like this type of log, and too enjoyed the The tale of four gamers from white dwarf all those moons ago.

    I look forward to see your progress!

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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    Ta very much! There probably won't be too much going on just yet as I won't be starting this until I'm paid towards the end of August, but I am thinking about colour schemes.

    Currently I'm leaning towards white and silver with green and gold as accents, natural wood and red as a spot colour. Leather will probably be black. I want to steer away from the blue and white of Ulthuan because these Elves are from a city-state far away from their sacred island home. Any other ideas for a colour that works well with white and silver?

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    I find most strong colours work well with white, perhaps a deep purple? But your stated plan sounds fine to me, green and gold go well together with the red. Do you have the uniforms and heraldry of the high elves book? Might be some ideas in there for you!

    Loved the original tale of four gamers! (and Fat Bloke's black beastmen looked great) I think with some armies of today you'd be able to get a reasonable force together for the "pocket money prices" they used, maybe not if you went for Goblins or Skaven though

    I can't see GW going back to the grand openings policy again, their business model is totally different now, but they were fun while they lasted, I remember getting my first undead force together at a grand opening in GW Chelmsford.. two boxes each of skeletons, horsemen and chariots and only paid for four, plus three metal blisters (again for the price of two). I also remember a sale at GW Southend where they had a huge box of blisters for 99p each (a lot of Epic stuff in there I remember, shame I wasn't into it at the time).

    That said their recent army boxes and 40k troops+transport deals actually save some money AND are available to third party retailers for a further discount..

    Good luck with the log!

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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    Ooh, purple! Now that's an excellent idea, purple is after all a colour closely associated with royalty and wealth, so perhaps purple and white is the way forwards here... hmmm...

    Yes, I remember years ago getting a copy of Digganob! for 50p(!) from Games Workshop Slough's sale. They had big boxes of blisters for almost nothing, too, and with hindsight I wish I'd just bought the lot... ah well.

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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    An update! Of sorts. First of all, I had a moment of clarity and potential genius the other day as I was walking along thinking about colour schemes. White is a given; it's the High Elf colour and symbolic of death and their knowledge that they are fated, in battle, to kill or be killed. So I had been thinking about green or purple as complimentary colours, and then I had my brainwave. Why not both?

    Green, white and purple definitely go together - they are the colours of the international women's suffrage movement, and the colours of the Feminist Society that I helped set up when I was at university - and they have some personal meaning for me too.

    My idea is this: the richer a character, the more purple and less green. The basic militias wear green and white with purple on just a few pieces, more elite units getting progressively more purple.

    Armour will be polished silver, by and large, with some gold plated pieces for unit champions, characters, and the like. Horses will be dappled, palomino, or greys. The shield designs I haven't worked out yet but there will be sketching to come with regards to that, have no fear!

    Anyway, here are some photos of the two High Elf models that I dug up from my random model collection, post paint-strip with what I thought was Fairy Power Spray. This, however, is the "low-viscosity" formulation, which is PANTS. So pants, in fact, that after 48 hours in the liquid and several attacks with a toothbrush, there is still paint left on them. Compare this to the Fairy Power Spray original that I normally use, where after a few minutes the paint begins to bubble and peel off by itself, and you can see why I think it's a bit poo:


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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    Quote Originally Posted by Gen.Steiner View Post

    All of which means that the Defenders of Tor Sethain will be my contribution to the Tale Of... at Leamington. And here's the list, after having slightly reworked it to prevent it being illegal (oops):

    Duke Rallion of Tor Sethain on Ithilmar barded steed, with heavy armour, shield, hand weapon and lance - 113 points
    Count Torvenneth with Battle Standard, heavy armour, shield and hand weapon - 111 points
    Nia, Second Circle Mage of the Tower, hand weapon, Dispel Scroll, Khaine's Ring of Fury - 170 points
    Limit for hero choices is 250pts, are these all gonna be used at same time dude?
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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    ...what

    Arrrgh! Right, back to the drawing board.

    Answer! Drop the mage (shame) and replace with ten more archers (100) and a bolt thrower (70).

    30 archers, 20 spearmen, 9 cavalry, one war engine. Should be able to shoot most things to bits before they can respond.

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    Re: Leamington Spa Tale of X Gamers - The Defenders of Tor Sethain

    I popped into GW Leamington Spa yesterday and picked up my August purchases. Well, I say "picked up". What I mean is, I bought the High Elf Heroes box, and had to mail order the box of Silver Helms. Apparently nowadays Core unit choices aren't stocked as standard. Weird!

    No painting done as yet, but I have made up both Duke Rallion and Count Torvenneth. I have decided that Rallion's noble House traces its lineage back to the Dragon Princes of Caledor, and that is why Rallion is wearing a suit of armour forged in the shape of a dragon - it is his family's ancestral armour.


    L-R: Testbed mage, Count Torvenneth, testbed spearman, Duke Rallion.

    Monthly Purchases:
    High Elf Heroes box - 18
    Silver Helms box - 20
    Total: 38
    Spare: 12

    Next month's budget: 37

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