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Ardacon SBG International 2017

Hi all, I attended Ardacon 2017 still the UK largest independent sbg tournament which was created and ran by GBHL James Clark. I couldn’t make last year one as my partner was due to have our second child about the same time. So I made this year’s event I was very glad that I got to the event it was awesome. I didn’t do well at all but I still had great fun. There was 118 players not as much as last year but still good.

Now I will do my best to try and tell you what happened with my games short if I can it was long weekend so can’t remember everything. I will name this scenarios but won’t describe (what you have to do in the game) as in previous posts I have done that.

Day 1:

Chaos in Arda is a icebreaker game for a group of players to get to know one another. This was created by DCHL Devin Moreno. My group was of 5 players which made it even more chaotic. So will this game I will describe what you got to do. There is a large deck of cards which each player is given 3 these cards will have buffs and events which changes the game and also to give you points on objective marker’s on the board which are 5. You can take any force you want as long as it’s up to 400pts. Here is what I took the 3 hunters.

My was the smallest force on the table the others were Chris.b-Harad, Marjin-Iron hills, Chris.m-Erebor reclaimed and Mark- New Mirkwood. I did well in this game I got the right cards at the right time and play them well so I actually won the game. All the players on the different tables that won their group were given the Chaos in Arda card’s as a prize thank you Devin for that. After this it was onto doubles, I partnered up with my good mate Ian. Here is what we took.

Game 1 To the death

Opponents Luke & Martin with Minas tirith, Gandalf the Grey and Saruman. We’ve not had much experience with dealing with wizards and in this game we learnt the hard way. Having Minas tirith hanging back taking pot shots with archers not doing much damage. But with the wizards using immobilise and sorcerous blast we couldn’t do a great deal I found the game quite slow and boring to be honest. 10-0 VP to Luke & Martin.

Game 2 domination

Opponents Thijs & Dmitri with Erebor dwarves and new Mirkwood. This for me was one of the best boards made and put out in the entire tournament, if you didn’t know what it is it’s Beor’s house. Definitely one of the best games I had on the weekend it’s getting the middle and smash the snot out of each other. Was a very close game until the last couple of turns where we failed courage tests. 7-3 VP to Thijs & Dmitri.

Game 3 reconnoitre

Opponents Jack & Clayton with Minas tirith and High elves. In this game we spent more time picking up boromir and his warriors throwing them around the board. I tried to get one of my trolls off but was sniped by glorfindel. Ian managed to get off black numenorean. But there was more of them than there was of us. 9-2 VP to Jack & Clayton.

So after all the gaming on that day there was a Middle Earth teams seminar with war chief Adam Troke and Jay Clare. The Q&A they did was very interesting learning what’s going to happen with the game in the future, battle company’s coming out at the end of this year I’m looking forward to that. And it looks like at some point in the middle of next year us Gondor players we’ll see some new stuff 😁. When they wanted to answer questions someone said what miniatures would you like to seem brought out Jay said he would like to see werewolves (that could be fun) Adams was more Ents we will have to see what will happen with those ideas.

Day 2 

Saturday was the start of the grand tournament here is picture and list of what I took.

Game 1 lords of battle

Opponent Rob with Gundabad. With the force that Rob had on the table I was surprised that he had set up hidden behind the ruins in the corner. So I sent my cavalry around the woods for the back of the ruin that’s where most of the combat happen. I was having to deal with a big troll and BOLG! I did well with my archers taking out all his by the time that had finished he had finished with boromir and his Knights. Ending up with a big mosh in the middle. 9-1 VP to Rob.

Game 2 reconnoitre

Opponent Thijs with Smaug. With this game I panicked because what was on the board and didn’t do scenario. I also had this feeling that I needed to send my entire force to kill the Dragon didn’t end too well. 8-1 VP to Thijs.

Game 3 hold ground

Opponent Jake with Minas tirith hoard and Saruman sorry no picture must have deleted it by accident. With random deployments (maelstrom of battle) both are forces were scattered across the board edge. Jake was using Saruman sorcerousblast very well he didn’t like the looks of how close my cavalry was to his warbands. And I was getting really low dice roles throughout the entire game. I went for a mad rush to the centre of the board trying to use what was left of my cavalry to hold them off. The game went full time and we ended it he had more miniatures in the centre than I did. 12-0 VP to Jake.

Game 4 domination

Opponent Ben with Minas tirith and Gandalf the White. We both put our smaller warbands on objectives and with our arches taking pot shots at each other. Are more hard hitting warbands were on one side of the table smashing one another. Was a very close game Ben managed to get Gandalf on a third marker just before the game ended. 6-4 to Ben.

So another day of gaming ended and we had another seminar with Damian O’Byrne & Tom Harrison creators of SBG magazine. They were having a talk with us about the new release issue 5 which I’ve picked up. There is an article in there which I have read today which I quite enjoyed from Joseph A. McCullough the creator of Frostgrave. Talking about different games to do with Middle Earth that he played from a young age to present date. Damian and Tom also brought along with them the terrain (Dale)that you will see in the magazine which was very nice.

Day 3

Game 1 heirloom of ages past 

Opponent Alex with Minas tirith. After putting an objective markers we both made rolls for our random deployment. It didn’t go well for Alex as he had to use his might for him to set his army up in better positions. Alex managed to find the Relic with that are used most of my smaller warbands to tie up his force am I sent the cavalry in to do it’s work. I managed to get off the warrior holding the Relic also putting most of my force around the objective and the game ended.1-8 to me

Game 2 to the death

Opponent Marjin with Iron hills dwarfs. Took my time with this game trying to shoot his army and then charging with the cavalry. It kinda worked I managed to get wounds on him first. During the 2nd or 3rd round of combat I managed to dismount Dain off his pig.Marjin called a heroic move but forgetting to surround faramir, leaving himself open in places for me to get in. It was a very grindy game but fun. 4-4 a draw.

And that was the final game for the weekend of sbg would like to say thank you to all my opponents for the games. Things that I should have done I totally forgot to use boromir’s horn of gondor that would have changed a few things. Next time I think I should put a wizard in at some points. With the two finalists Tom Harrison & David Reid playing. David Clubley grab a couple of us to play a game of kings of Tokyo entertaining game where we sat around had a chinwag about our games and players we had over the weekend.

Would like to say a very big thanks to James Clark (and his team) for putting on the events and running it it went very well. For anyone who sat on the fence about going you should go just for the experience. If you don’t like it you don’t have to go again. At the event there was generationshift, Games Workshop and steamforge. All willing to share there hobby interests and game. Oh just remembered this lots Middle Earth Models.

For more coverage on the event have a look at Andreas YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMu95iB_kdWNOypiyJk7ljw 

Thanks all Dave

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Hobbying Middle Earth miniatures

Hi all,just a quick update on what I’ve done so far with my miniatures. I finished Legolas,all the 3 Hunters have been matt varnished just need to add a bit of greenery to their bases. With boromir the foot version not far off from being completed I just got to do that mounted version have also magnetized his arm to change from banner to sword. Here are some pictures many thanks dcminiaturepainting.

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Hobbying Middle Earth miniatures

Hi all, here’s a update on what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks trying to get ready for Ardacon. Been working on the three Hunters Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. I did try to follow a tutorial from the white dwarf magazine using equivalent paints to match it but while doing it and finding out however they make the mixes it wasn’t matching up at all so I did my own thing.

last week I finished my off Osgiliath veterans and Citadel guard. I’m still working on their captain faramir he’s always done.

Last up is my caved tolls, buhrdur I got brand new but the other three were second-hand so I had to do some bodge jobs to make them look acceptable.

Hope you like it all. Cheers dcminiaturespainting

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Wargaming bits and bobs

Hi all, haven’t posted up much in some time but this is what I’ve been up to been playing a lot of Armageddon shadow war and getting into the new 40K which I’ve been enjoying very much. I got the starter boxer of shadow war been trying to work on the terrain but sadly my airbrush has been temperamental so haven’t done much work on it. I’ve been using the scouts that come in the box set for friendly games but with some friends I’ve been using an Inquisitor kill team for campaigning.

Along with the 40K stuff I’ve been working on a new warbands for The Hobbit sbg I’ll be going to Ardacon tournament in August. The new army that I did start work a Azog orc hunters force which I can’t continue at the moment as games workshop are out of stock with most of the items I need. So I’ve decided to carry on with and add to my Minas tirith for my main force I’ll be taken to the event. When I was working on Azog I broke the handle to the mace and had to make a quick repair using privateers press brass rods and drill set to fix it.


Many thanks dcminiaturespainting.

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Colour it in

Hi all,this is my second painting tutorial colour it in. What I’m painting this time will be from Scarab Miniatures there Projekt X range a Soldat( basically a zombie Nazi in power armour). This will be very similar to the previous colour it in I’ve done. I started off with Vallejo surface primer black through the air brush.

 For the base colour I made a mix of VMC ger. dark green 1:1 VMC black. I painted this mix mostly on the plate armour leaving some of the areas like trim ,elbow and joints still black. Done about 3 layers.

Next I done a heavy wash shade of GW nuln oil.

The next layer I applied was a straight VMC ger. dark green. I applied this all over the plate armour again but leaving the recesses of the previous shade a loan. Done about 4 layers.

Next I’ll start to highlight the armour using a mix of VMC ger. dark green 1:1 AP desert yellow. I done a lots of thin layers starting with the paint at the top of the armour using a second moist brush dragging it down ( blending it out).

Adding more of AP desert yellow to mix so it’s 2:1 VMC ger. dark green. Doing the same process again but not dragging the moist brush as far.

Adding more to the mix so it will be AP desert yellow 3:1 VMC ger. black green. I’ll paint all the edges of the green armour.

 

Next I made a glaze to try and soften and bring the colours transitions all together. Using a mix of Vallejo glaze medium 1:1 VMC ger. dark green also adding in 4 drops of water. I applied 3 very thin layers all over.

Now that all the green is finished I will paint all the other areas with VMC black.

Next I start highlighting all the black areas, leaving the helmet alone and the creases in the arms and behind the legs. The mix is VMC black 1:1 VMC german grey. Done in 3 layers.

The next highlight will be similar to what I did with the green using a second brush. Starting from the high points at dragging it down using straight VMC german grey. It is kinda hard to see in the picture but hopefully you can.

So I will now paint all the edges of the black I’ll using VMC grey green. Done with 2 layers.

Next I will paint a helmet using VMC grey green done with 2 layers.

Then I applied a shade 1 thin layer of GW nuln oil.

Once the shade is dry I reapply VMC grey green done with 2 layers leaving the recess of the shadow showing. Sorry that was meant to be a picture but I forgot to take it. For the next Final highlight on the helmet I used a mix of VMC grey green 2:1 VMC sky grey. When applying the paint I use the second moist brush again to drag it out.

I wanted the armour to look a little different rather than just green I added some brown tiger stripes in random parts of the armour. Using straight VGC charred brown done in 4 layers.

 Next I highlight the tiger stripes using a mix of VGC charred brown 2:1 VGC beasty brown. I’m also trying to leave some of the previous colour showing.

For the final highlight used a straight VGC beasty brown painting it more in the centre of the tiger stripes. Done with 2 layers.

Now we’re getting close to the end peeps going to do a little bit of basic battle damage. Using straight VMC black all paint random little marks on the armour.

Paint all the random black chips and also grills on the back and front and a plug with GW leadbelcher done with 2 layers.

Then I did a shade wash on the grills and plug using GW agrax earth shade.

Now for the finishing part of the miniature I will be painting energy bar on the gun is lenses on his mask and a button on the back pack. I used GW mephiston red done 2 layers.

I then applied a mixed shade wash of VGI black 2:1 VGI red done with 2 layers.

I then reapplied GW mephiston red but this time I did a lot of thin coats so the red was watered down quite a bit.

For the highlight I did a very similar using a very thin down GW wild rider red. After I painted very high points of the highlight using GW fire dragon bright. Done with 2 layers.

So the miniature is done I will not be varnishing it as I do not intend gaming with it just yet. Just need to do the base. For this I used Deco Art burnt umber as the base colour. Then I did a heavy dry brush of cinnamon brown followed by a heavy Brow brush of golden brown to finish off I used AP strong tone. Also adding some flock and leaves.

When painting I do add water or thinning medium to the paints but this varies between brands and age of paint. Here is the range of paints I used:

VMC Vallejo model color
VGC Vallejo game color
VGI Vallejo game ink
GW Citadel paints
AP Army painter

Hope you enjoyed this painting tutorial many thanks dcminiaturespainting.

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W.I.P

Hi all,last weekend I finished just under 500 points of tomb king for KOW. Had fun painting them tried doing different techniques to help speed up painting as there’s a lot of rank and file troops and leaving special characters at the end to take a little bit more time on them.

Also at the same time while waiting for paint to dry I’ve been working on a commission work from my friend on his khador war dog. When the dog is done I will be carrying on with the next part of my tomb king army, and probably working on lot of Middle-earth stuff too.

Cheers dcminiaturespainting.

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W.I.P

Hi all, I’m having a break from painting Middle Earth models and working on some other stuff instead. At my local gaming club one of the members has set up a league for Kings of War, so I’ve pulled out my old Tomb King’s army which I never finished so now I can get it done for this system.

I’m  rebasing set a model to suit the game and I plan on painting a Regiment then 2 troop’s and a hero, so I don’t get so bored of painting the same thing. I’ll repeat this till the force is done.

And alongside this I will be doing another colour it in, painting a zombie nazi in power armour by scarab miniatures from there Projekt X range.

Thanks all dcminiaturespainting.

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