I’ve had a day off today! Wonderful times. It was actually booked because I had a dental appointment and didn’t want to have the fuss of going into work, to cross town for my teeth to be admired, then to cross back again. Because I’m that lazy. However, it didn’t work out like that as they cancelled the appointment on me anyway, so hooray for that! I’ve been using the time also to try to get some work done on the degree I’m undertaking. I mentioned last weekend the fact I had an essay due last week, which turned into a fairly stressful time as I tried to ensure I’d done all the work and stuff, yet I’d done no actual course work since submitting the essay, and it was starting to look like I would be falling behind again! So I’ve spent the morning reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses and doing some work there, and it’s been pretty great! I actually like reading Classical literature for its own end, hence why I’m doing the course I guess, so it’s been pretty good for that. For those of you who are interested, the translation I’m reading is this one by David Raeburn, and is really readable.
I’ve also had some really awesome stuff today! First to arrive is my Forge World order I mentioned last week – unfortunately, no Isstvan book, which is really the one I wanted, but I’ve got the basic army list book, so I can at least start to put together a squad based on that information. I’m also excited to get the Despoiler Squad done, as they should be a nice addition. However, still having a whole load of stuff on the go, I probably won’t be starting to build them any time soon!
I also picked these up yesterday when I popped down to my local GW for a games night! I haven’t had a chance to truly digest the new book yet, but having flicked through it, I’ve become really excited to perhaps do some more with the Death faction – probably not Nagash, but I have wanted to paint Neferata since the Mortarchs were released, so might see how finances are looking. I’ve painted some Spirit Hosts before now, of course, and really enjoyed that, so we’ll see…
Game Night was actually awesome. We played the four-player Convergence of Fate scenario that was a sort of web-exclusive you’d get if you placed an order at the Games Workshop webstore. It’s a four-player thing that allows alliances to be made and broken at the beginning of each round, but the rules got a bit hazy for me at one point and I wasn’t entirely following them, if I’m totally honest! The four armies were Bretonnia (Seb), Tzeentch Demons (Jack), Dwarfs (Jacob) and Stormcast Eternals allied with Dryads (me). The game only lasted three rounds. The Stormcast proved to be a sort of distraction (yes, the bulk of my entire army was a distraction!) as my allied Dryads just ran up the Dreadfort walls to capture the relic that formed the scenario goal. I actually did that on my first turn, and it was almost like nobody noticed for the whole of turn two, then turn three saw them picked off by the Tzeentch Demons, before they in turn were destroyed by the Grail Knights, who ultimately claimed victory. The whole experience was kinda hilarious – the demons and dwarfs ganging up on me, while Seb’s Bretonnian Knights did basically nothing for two turns, leaving everyone alone, only to finally charge up the walls and claim victory. It was pretty great, I have to say!
I was really pleased, though, because the rules continued to make more sense to me, following my first game last month. Sure, there are still some parts that I’m not entirely sure about, but as the game wore on, I found myself referring to the warscrolls less and less, so I count that as progress! I try to play as thematically as possible, of course, so even playing against some fairly power-gamer types, I managed to have fun just by forging narratives whenever stuff happened, such as my Prosecutors surrounding a group of dwarf hammerers and destroying them, after that unit had itself destroyed the Liberator-Prime I had been using as a general. My shining moment came when my Retributors just destroyed the Soul Grinder that had, well, ground up a second unit of Liberators and a unit of crossbow-wielding Judicators. I think it’s really clear now that Retributors are a really powerful unit within the army, so I want to get some more of them built up. But I have so much to paint!
That brings me on to an interesting point, anyway. I’ve not played a lot of games in-store, but have painted models for a few competitions there, which always have high-quality paint jobs on display. However, in the game yesterday – and even in the first game – I was surprised that everyone’s models were barely painted, with some suggestion of colour but otherwise bland. I mean, the Soul Grinder I mentioned earlier was painted in blue (for the body) and silver (for the legs). There were a lot of demons that were just sprayed Macragge blue and left – if they were sprayed at all! A lot of the dwarfs were metal miniatures that were just left metal, or some that had golden pauldrons and that was it. A lot of Bretonnians were just undercoated. And here I was, with a fully-painted army, worried that my paint job wasn’t exactly brilliant!
In fact, I had a lot of compliments on the paint job, it was really lovely! I think there were five or six people who were just milling around, all of whom stopped to admire my models (because so many had been killed, you know…) It was quite surreal! I mean, I like my army, don’t get me wrong, and some of those models I’m really pleased to say “I painted that!” however I’ve never thought of them as being that good! So that was nice, anyway! I don’t actually have an up-to-date picture, as I never feel like taking pictures in the store, but here’s a picture from a few months ago (the crests have since been repainted blue, just fyi…)