Evil at heart: A few dark elves

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Here are a few dark elves I recently had time to finish. They’ve been lurking at the top of my “to do”-list for some time now and I’m very happy to be able to cross them off the list. The minis are great and I find myself growing more and more fond of the classic Citadel dark elves. The arrogance and menace conveyed in these miniatures is simply fantastic. There’s so much character and personality in each model which is completely lost in their later incarnations.

But I’ll admit one thing – I find these elves quite taxing to paint. They are smallish, slender minis covered in delicate details. It takes forever to finish them and there is the constant risk of muddying the result by too many or too few different colours. But the end result makes it worthwhile.

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The colours I used perhaps not the most innovative but I really like the classic combo of black, blue and purple so why do something different just for the sake of doing it differently. Thus Black, blue and purple are recurring but interspersed with other colours as well, adding to a more individual look on each mini.

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Well, that’s it for now. Next up is some goblins and then who knows what.

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By the way, I’m looking jealously at the posts people are making while prepping for this year’s BOYL. Sadly I’m not going to make it this year – our second child is set to be born sometime next week which makes it difficult to travel to England. But next year I’ll for sure be back at Stoke Hall.

Cheers

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Temple of the Blood Jewel

 

 

During the last week of April we played a small game of Oldhammer. A fierce struggle between a band of badass dark elves and the sinister inhabitants of an ancient, ruined temple deep in the Black Mountains where the fabled Blood Jewel lies buried. The backstory was quite simple. The warlock Amren was ordered by his mistress to find and bring her the Blood Jewel. The elves searched long for the gem and finally learned that it was hidden in a secluded temple of Law high up in the Black Mountains. The gem was hidden centuries ago during an attack by the servants of her Demonic Highness Manaar. The priests of Law were all slaughtered and the secret of the hidden gem forgotten except by the spirits of the dead who now have whispered the place of hiding to the dark elves during their necromantic rites.

Amren selected a small group of warriors to help him sneak into the ruins of the once great temple. But the servants of Manaar still dwell in the place and praise their demonic goddess with feast of blood each new moon. Amren’s elves therefore captured and bribed the goblin Bik, who served as guard in the ruins, to escort the warband through the secret, unwatched passages leading into the core of the ruins where the gem lies buried. The warlock Amren also chose to hire the muscles of Melvyn, a huge ogre mercenary willing to embark on the adventure for ample payment in gold and carry the equipment needed for climb through the steep mountains.

Thus armed and ready the dark elves entered the heart of the temple, ready to storm in, grab the jewel from its hiding place beneath an old statue and get out of the temple as fast as possible. This however proved more difficult than anticipated. The ever watchful demon Manaar alerted her servants to the presence of intruders and soon the dwellers from underneath the ruins were milling forth to kill the elves.

Amren and his brave company succeeded in grabbing the gem and almost succeed in taking it out of the ruins. In the end however the forces of Manaar cornered the last elves and one by one the last ones fell heroically until the last survivor was Melvyn, who sneaked out while no one was watching.

What a great game we had with good character developments during the game and lots of in-character interactions and empathy. This is really what all Oldhammer is all about for me.

Here’s a few random shots from the game. Sorry for the blurriness!

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Technicalities

The setup of the scenario is quite simple. A statue is to be placed in the middle of the battle field. Underneath this statue the blood Jewel is hidden. The statue has 6 wounds and T5. Melvyn is strong enough to move the statue by force. This takes two turns of undisturbed labour.

The elves enter the battlefield from one of the four corners chosen randomly. As long as the goblin scout Bik is alive they may leave the battlefield through any corner they wish (due to his knowledge of the ruins); if he is dead they have to leave by the way they entered.

We did not use any unit formations during the game. All miniatures counted as single models and acted as such. We also ignored all rules of panic, but used the rules for push backs and fear.

 

The servants of Manaar

The dark elves are hugely outnumbered but the enemies keep entering the battlefield in random numbers and from random sides of the table. Here is the list of the inhabitants of the temple:

 

1  Giant rats [10]

2  Guard dogs [10]

3  Goblins [24]

4  Goblins with bows [6]

5  Orcs [24]

6  Orcs with bows [6]

7  Skavens [6]

8  Cultists [12]

9  Hobgoblin overseers [3]

10  High-priests of her Demonic Highness Manaar [3]

11  Ronk the Troll*

12  Lucia – The Chosen of her Demonic Highness Manaar* 

The ones marked with an * are single characters.

 

Each turn the player defending the temple rolls a D12 to see which type of creature arrives and a D6 to see their numbers. Then a D4 is rolled to see from which side of the table they enter. The creatures always arrive outside their charge range from potential enemies. The number marked [] is the total amount of each creature in the temple. Once all have arrived on the table they are discounted from the list and the player rolls again to find a new result.

 

That is more or less it. We applied some special rules to the game. Rules for the use of rope and some other small stuff taking inspiration from the terrain and scenery used. Do the same. Look at the battlefield and make it interact with the game.

 

Dramatis personae

First we the elves and then the creatures. We printed the pictures of the elves and used them as cards during the game.

Amren

Tuas Melvyn Maela Drestina Cynbel Bik Aedha

 

The Dwellers in the Temple

1. Giant Rats

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
6 2 0 3 3 1 3 1 4 4 5

5

Poison bite +1 to S

 

2. Guard Dogs

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
6 3 0 3 3 4 4 1 6 4 6

6

 

3. Goblins

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
3,5 2 3 3 3 1 2 1 5 5 5

5

Light armour, shield, hand weapon

 

4. Goblins with bows

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL

WP

3,5 2 3 3 3 1 2 1 5 5 5

5

Light armour, shield, short bow (16”/S3)

 

5. Orcs

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
3,5 3 3 3 4 1 2 1 7 5 7

7

Light armour, shield, sword

 

6. Orcs with bows

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
4 3 3 3 4 1 2 1 7 5 7

7

Light armour, Sword, Bow (24”/S3)

 

7. Skavens

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
5 3 3 3 3 1 4 1 6 6 5

7

Sword, light armour, shield, sling (S3 / range 18” / can fire 1 or 2 shots)

 

8. Cultists

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
3,5 3 3 3 3 1 3 1 7 7 7

7

Light armour, shield, sword

 

9. Hobgoblin overseers

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
3,5 5 3 4 5 2 4 3 8+1 6 6

6

Light armour, two-handed sword

 

10.  High-priests of her Demonic Highness Manaar

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
3,5 5 5 3 3 2 5 2 8 8 8

8

Light armour, sword

 

11. Ronk the Troll

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WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
6 4 1 5 4 5 2 4 4 5 6

6

Club/Vomit/Thump 

 

12.  Lucia – The Chosen of her Demonic Highness Manaar 

M

WS BS S T W I A LD INT CL WP
4 5 4 4 4 2 4 3 8+1 9 7

7

Heavy armour, hand weapon, shield, Roll D3 Chaos attributes

 

 

 

Cheers

Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark elf magic in the air

Very little has been going on in the paint department lately but next Tuesday we will play a version of the intro scenario from WFB 2ed – the famous “Ziggurath of Doom” scenario. However, instead of dwarfs the scenario will revolve around a band of fierce dark elves entering the ruined temple in order to steal a precious gem and carry it away. The inhabitants of the temple, mean-spirited death cultists and mad greenskins will do whatever in their power to stop them. It is now up to the elves to get their blood ruby and get out of the temple before they are surrounded by opponents. Oh, by the way, the elves will have the help of one ogre and one goblin, but more about that in my next post.

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What I want to show you here is the Citadel dark elf sorcerer I had a chance to finish for the game. I really like the model despite the fact that something is completely wrong with his face. One eye is positioned much lower than the other making him look rather dimwitted from certain angles. Nevertheless the mini is totally badass and I love hos oriental-looking cloak.

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I was in the mood for experimentation and rather adventurously decided to add some magic effect to the sorcerer. I’m not sure how well it turned out though. It was fun to do and every once in a while I think it’s important to do stuff that brings us out of our comfort zones and usual way of doing things.

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I’ll be back soon wit pics from our game.

Cheers

Martin

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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This is my latest project – the dark elf witch Ismara riding her undead troll Gark. The miniature is sculpted by Kevin White and sold by Hasslefree Miniatures where she goes by the name Deth. The mini was quite nice to paint – the witch is a bit small and the details minute, but not too much so, whereas the troll was a fairly simple job. However I kept wondering what an undead troll would look like – what is the colour of rotten troll flesh? The model required quite a lot of green stuff to assemble and took some time to prepare. Even so I overlooked a massive mold on the one side of the troll; a stupid mistake I discovered too late.

I added what is supposed to look like the face of a china doll to the base in order to give the miniature a bit of chaotic weirdness. I’m quite pleased with the result and although Gark the Troll looks rather cartoony, the miniature has a really cool 70’s sword & sorcery-vibe i like very much.

Ismara is currently roaming the Chaos Wastes and will be one of the stars in a scenario I’ll be playing with Claus and Anders next month.

Well, what do you think?

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