Friday, April 26, 2013

A brief interlude...

I am going to step away from the painting the the Basilica Canus for the moment.  I was able to dig up all the images I could from the WFB tournament and process them.

There are not as many as I would have liked, but let's just say that some of the rounds were finished in a prompt fashion.  In a game where 1st or 2nd turn wipeouts are common, things like this can happen.

Here are a few shots of the army on the board right after I walked into the room...

This is the only shot I have of game one.  The Heirophant died on the first shot of the first turn, the skull catapult blew itself up on my first turn, and it was all downhill from there.  There is some kind of magic banner for the orcs that negates ALL magic items, which lead to the King getting wiped out easily in one turn.  That was the clincher.

The next game was the only one of the tournament to go more than 4 turns.  It was also the only victory for the Tainted Pharaoh.  This one was vs Ogres, as you can see.

There were some pretty dramatic instances of catastrophic rolls for the Ogres, which ultimately lead to their downfall.  Lots of whiffs on critical charges, leadership tests, and so on.  The biggest early moment was the casket taking out the mounted cannon of the ogres, which allowed the Heirotitan to survive.  You will see how important that was later...

The card in the middle of the table behind the chariot unit was the other big game changer.  I was able to get the Speed of Light spell on various units all game long.  This was vital in keeping them around.  Before this set of games, the secondary priest was always a Death Mage.  Of course, one has to be fortunate enough to roll that spell, and so on, even at level 4.

An example of Speed of Light in action.  You will also notice the Titan on the left engaging the big monster near the casket.  That purse fight would continue for at least 3 turns.

Sneaky snakes vs some fat guys...

King of the hill!

This view shows very few ogres.  Where the casket (and several other units and monsters) used to be is a big void.  That's what can happen when the casket blows up, as it did.  Everything in a 12 inch radius gets nailed with D6 S6 hits, no armor saves of any kind.  That blast took out the Titan, a bunch of ogres, and the Stonetusk!

This win put the TK at table 30, against lizards.  Unfortunately, there was not much that TK can do against them, given the leadership characteristics of the scaley folk.  They failed very few checks, while the TK failed lots of LD 10 restraint rolls, and so on.  I believe I failed 3 in a row at one point on a single turn.

This lead to the Tomb Kings being in very bad spots, and thus losing the game.

This was an interesting item which a loyal Wappellian brought up to me when the day was done.  Some of you might recognize this as the skirmisher base for my chameleon skinks.

However, this was not made by me!  This was created by a blog follower using one of the step by step tutorials!  How cool is that?


  1. Hey, it's my tray! :)

    A small section of the story leading up to showing you the tray is posted on my own hobby blog:

    :D :D :D

    1. Cool! Sorry I could not give you proper props! I had to get everything packed up and out of the room, and the bees were swarming around me :-)

      I have to go check that out!

  2. So good to see such a beautiful army being fielded at a major convention. I know if I would have seen it I would have failed my saving throw vs buying a Tomb king army, even on a natural 20.

    1. He he :-) The army did present lots of opportunities for fun stuff. It's not always easy to do that, oddly enough, depending on the miniatures and so on.

    2. Off the top of your head, any idea to how many hours you have into painting this army?

    3. There is no real way to calculate it, but just to give you an idea, each of the two monsters on top of the board too 30+ hours to sculpt and paint. The board must have taken 80-100 hours just by itself.

      Many hundreds of hours to say the least :-)

  3. Are those large statues (like the Anubis) part of the Tomb Kings set of Games Workshop or did you buy them somewhere else? They look magnificent (just like everything else you paint :-) )

    1. Many thanks! Those are built from scratch. There are blog posts about each of them in the Tomb Kings section...