On the painting front it's a mixed bag, some additions to existing armies and April was paint an army in a month challenge for me as I really wanted to get them on the battlefield quickly.
We'll start with some additions to my existing forces, first up a converted branchwraith, made from a plastic Dryad and given dreadlocks. Simple paintjob and much browner than the rest of my sylvaneth.
On to my Bloodbound, took me a while to get him at a good price but I managed to pick up Skarr Bloodwrath off ebay for under a tenner. Painted to match the rest of my bloodbound, though there is a little more pink in his skin to help him stand out.
I found that my 10 Bloodwarriors were not really cutting it on the table so I had little choice but to add another 10, these are all from the starter box and painted to match the rest of them. Again ebay purchases saved be a good 1/3 off the retail box.
Next up a couple of christmas presents I've finally gotten around to painting, firstly a chimera from my Brother, this was painted in a bit of a hurry and I may go back to add some markings but I wanted him for my Nurgle force I took to Warhammer world a month or so ago. I've tried to pick out the colours of all the chaos gods a little on this one so it can sit in any chaos force.
On the battlefield he's a bit of a mixed bag, his breath attack is awesome and hurts quickly, he has a lot of great attacks with high damage and rend but they often miss, I've seen him demolish units and then totally fluff his attacks for a couple of rounds. Still it's good fun and scares your opponent on the first round or two.
My second Christmas present was a daemon prince from my missus, since I already had one painted up for my Khorne force I opted for a Nurgle one this time. With a couple of additions from a spare Plaguedrone and quite a bit of greenstuff this "beauty" was born.
Another Nurgle hero I really fancies was Epidemius, a bloated Plaguebearer on planaquinn. Unfortunately I don't like the resin model and I'm not overly fond of resin for gaming miniatures. So I set about building my own, a spare Nurgle banner, saddle from my Stonehorn, a Plaguebearer, bits of Blightking and a lot of Nurglings.
Finally one of my most critical units on the battlefield it seems, these guys can soak damage, strike back with some decent attacks and most critically are relatively quick for Nurgle units. They've done sterling work over the last few games and are pretty much a permanent feature in my force. Here are my first 3 Plaguedrones.
Not onto the new stuff. One of the great things about AoS is you don't need a massive force like you did in WHFB, a small force of 30-80 models is more than enough. I've always been a greenskin fan and the Moonclan Grots seemed like a lot of fun for a sub faction with plenty of options, I've also seen a couple of battle reports where mangler squigs just tore their enemy apart. So all I could do is add some to my new force.
I purchased one but when putting it together felt that I'd be likely to break them when they are stacked on top of another sooner or later. So I based them up separately so got 2 manglers for the price of one kit.
Wanting to get the force on the table quickly I converted up a warboss and a couple of shamen out of the plastic nightgoblin kit. Nothing fancy, I just based them up on larger bases to mark them out.
No goblin (Grot) force is complete without a lot of troops, so my core unit of 30 Moonclan Grots is up next, armed with spears and shields they should benefit from the bravery bonus and survive long enough to make it to the enemy.
To support the main infantry unit is a block of 20 Moonclan Grots with bows, whilst not the greatest marksmen in the world this shooting could help sway the battle a little and will be a thorn in my opponents side.
Moonclan grots like the WHFB counterpart live deep underground, and deep underground you need some brave grots to drive out any Squigs. I've a small unit of Squig Hearders and 15 squigs to start with, all picked up on ebay and unfortunately in metal, thus the shiny gloss varnish on the Squigs.
Finally what goblin force is complete without some Fanatics, I've half a dozen of them for the moment, probably want to double this at some point to ensure they survive a round of two as they can be pretty devastating.
I've plenty still to paint, a couple more heroes for various forces, some Fyreslayers, a bunch more Nurgle Daemons. As it was recently my birthday I also have Archaon and a unit of Varanguard to paint along with some Stormvermin for my new Skaven force. Unfortunately for my wallet GW have just released some fantastic new Orruk miniatures so I may get a little distracted by them at some point.
Anyhow until next time.