Thursday, November 13, 2014


"No, Master, please no!!!!"  The messenger's plea quickly devolved into a horrendously long and pain-filled death scream, eventually ending it's atonal assault as a quiet death rattle.

Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Nagash, until recently the master of Sylvania dusted his hands over the dessicated remains of his spy. With an imperious gesture, he flicked a speck of necromantic energy into the corpse, directing it to get back to it's feet and join the massing zombie regiments.

How could this be? Vlad had been back for less than a year, torn screaming from the realm of the truly dead by their mutual Master, and yet he has managed to secure through guile and negotiation what Mannfred had been denied for nearly half a millennia of bloodshed and scheming. Vlad had managed to stumble into the perfect way to restore his fortunes, luck of the damned and pure happenstance, that is all it could be, Mannfred told himself.

And yet, in the darkest corner of what remained of his soul, a doubt lingered. Vlad was his bloodfather, the font of darkness that had started Mannfred's own journey into true power. Could it be that despite, or even because of his years beyond the living world, that Vlad's power, his intelligence, his sheer will to rule had emerged intact, perhaps even enhanced?

Vlad was now officially an Elector Count of the Empire. His name was now on a very short list of souls that could inherit the title of Emperor, once Karl Franz died. He could deliver the Empire to their Master's embrace merely by waiting for one mortal to eventually succumb to time, and what was time to the dead? The very thought of how he was cheated of his rightful place threatened Mannfred's long-suffering calm, and he resolved to once again bring Vlad to his deserved death. He had managed it once before, he just needed the opportunity to do it again...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lore of Undeath Summoning Cheat Sheet

Something Ive been meaning to write out for myself, and finally got around to it. There might be other versions out there, but Ive not see them yet. So, decided to share! If you spot an error, let me know.

I skipped the non-summoning spells, as this is all about the summoning. I decided to make the list based around the minimums. "If I cast this at base cost, and added no tokens, what could I get?" For units that need more than the minimum, I added a note. However, rather than make the list (particularly the Character section) unwieldy, I put a cap of 5 tokens on top of the minimum.

Some entries have an upgrade listed, this is either because it is free, or there are enough points left over that it is silly to not take the upgrade. These are usually (but not always!) the single model choices, where there is nothing else to add. In cases where I list units at higher than their minimum size, you should feel free to drop models to add any upgrades you feel are appropriate. In all cases here, I rounded down to whole numbers.

One final note, Nagash and Arkhan have special rules regarding this lore, and you could/should double or triple the unit sizes listed as appropriate.

Ryze - The Grave Call
Infantry unit up to 50pts or up to 100pts (50pt casting listed)
Vampire Counts units
-16 Zombies
-10 Skeleton Warriors with hand weapons or spears
-10 Crypt Ghouls
-4 Grave Guard (need higher cost spell and 1 token for minimum unit)
-1 Cairn Wraith (need higher cost spell and 5 tokens for minimum unit)
Tomb Kings units
-12 Skeleton Warriors
-8 Skeleton Archers (need 1 token for minimum unit)
-4 Tomb Guard (need higher cost spell and 1 token for minimum unit)

Monstrous Infantry unit up to 150pts
Vampire Counts units
-3 Crypt Horrors
-3 Vargheists
Tomb Kings units
-3 Ushabti with great weapons, extra hand weapons, or great bows
Undead Legion units
-1 Morghast Harbinger (need 1 token for minimum unit)
-1 Morghast Archai (need 3 tokens for minimum unit)

Razkhar - The Abyssal Swarm
War Beasts unit or Swarm up to 75pts
Vampire Counts units
-9 Dire Wolves
-4 Fell Bats
-2 Bat Swarm
-1 Spirit Host
Tomb Kings units
-1 Tomb Swarm (need 1 token for minimum unit)
-3 Carrion

Monstrous Beasts unit up to 150pts
Tomb Kings units
-1 Tomb Scorpion
-2 Sepulchral Stalkers (need 2 tokens for minimum unit)

Kandorak - The Harbinger
Single Character up to 65pts
Vampire Counts units
-Necromancer (Level 1)
-Vampire (need 4 tokens for minimum)
-Wight King (need 2 tokens for minimum)
-Cairn Wraith
-Tomb Banshee (need 3 tokens for minimum)
Tomb Kings units
-Tomb Prince (need 4 tokens for minimum)
-Tomb Herald
-Liche Priest (Level 1) (need 1 token for minimum)

Single Monster, Chariot, or War Machine up to 200pts
Vampire Counts units
-Corpse Cart with any upgrade
-Black Coach
-Terrorgheist (need 3 tokens for minimum)
-Mortis Engine (need 2 tokens for minimum)
Tomb Kings units
-Necrolith Colossus with any upgrade
-Necrosphinx (need 3 tokens for minimum)
-Screaming Skull Catapult with Skulls of the Foe
-Casket of Souls

Akar'aran - The Dark Riders
Cavalry, Monstrous Cavalry, or Chariot unit up to 150pts
Vampire Counts units
-7 Black Knights
-5 Hexwraiths
-3 Blood Knights (need 5 tokens for minimum unit)
Tomb Kings units
-12 Skeleton Horsemen
-10 Skeleton Horse Archers
-2 Skeleton Chariots (need 2 tokens for minimum unit)
-2 Necropolis Knights (need 3 tokens for minimum unit)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Extra Life 2014 Wrap-up

This weekend, the Disorderlies and I did our part for Extra Life, helping to raise money for various children's medical centers across the country. 24 hours of gaming, and our team raised over $2600 for our local Johns Hopkins Children's Center. As I write this, I am physically exhausted, but with a warm fuzzy feeling right where my soul would be, if I hadnt sold it to that Damien guy years back.

I wonder what he ever did with it...


Games played: 1500pts of 30k Death Guard vs Rob's early riser Necrons (Tie).
35pts of eKaya's Circle force vs Mike's Thagrosh (I lost).
5-way Deadzone learner game (I might have had a chance at a win).
Some World of Darkness RP. My character ended up as a Ghoul or thrall or something... but he was still moving at the end of the game, unlike the rest of the crew.
MtG card games. I got stomped. Hard.
Spartacus the board game, I won after an indecently quick game.
We tried starting Rune Wars (board game, I think), but that fell apart due to low brain juice.
Cards Against Humanity. I came in second with 12 (Mike won with 15).
We started Ancient Terrible Things, but my eyes crossed, and I woke up on the couch a little while later.
Came back to Zombie Dice.
And wrapped up with Zombies Keep Out. Discovered that that first bite token doesnt really matter when we were all exhausted at slurring our speech anyways.

As a reminder, they are still accepting donations for the rest of the year, so if you havnt donated yet and want to, it will still count! Just visit this shiny link, and help make some kids healthy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Extra Life 2014 Reminder

Been back a week and some, but still trying to get back into the swing on things... Until then, Im going to repost my Extra Life post from a bit back...

Last year, I was invited to join in with the Disorderlies, and do the Extra Life thing. We played games and destroyed sleep patterns for 25 hours, and raised over $1800 for Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

This year, on October 25th, we are doing it again. Team Disorderlies is rolling dice, flipping cards, and moving board pieces to raise money for kids with cancer.

Challenges are already being made, and accepted. So far, the game list is looking like Warhammer, Deadzone, Conflict of Heroes, WarmaHordes, Spartacus, Runewars, and possibly Cards against Humanity and Malifaux (yes, I will make sure my Seamus crew is built before then!).

If you would like to help, please click the large shiny link, and below I will share the official blurb.

Dear Friends and Family,
I'm on a mission to save kids and I need your help. My local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

On October 25, 2014, I'll be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to my hospital.

Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

I need your help to reach my goal For The Kids.  Please make a safe, easy donation online today.  Click the "Support This Participant" button on this page to get started.  Thank you so much for supporting my efforts!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flock and Awe, Bugman's Edition

Yeah, I slacked off while on vacation. However, I didnt really go quiet.

One of the highlights of the trip was meeting my Flock and Awe co-hosts at Bugmans, and playing a quick game of Cards Against Humanity. And yes. We recorded it.

Fair warning, this episode is a bit further down the tracks than our usual offering, but we did have fun recording it. ;)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wandering Eye

Funny thing with my attention, I can reasonably expect my attention to wander off about a week or so into drooling over an army that I am not physically working on. As I mentioned before, I got some undead to start my End Times force. Well, Ive managed to keep them on the sprue, telling myself to work on them when I get back from the trip. Not on table, out of mind, right?
Not quite. Ive been carting around those books like a 3-year old and his favorite teddy bear. I have been rereading the rules and the fluff, and while I am still a tactical noob, Ive gotten a better understanding of the new lore and rules than Ive ever had about any army before. I have gotten Evil Ideas on how to play these boneheads, and am chomping at the bit, ready to glue stuff together. And buy more. As always.

The great thing, and the problem, with how my plans will shape together is that Im going to need a significant number of "spare" units. Unlike the Lore of the Vampires, which for the most part only refreshes damaged units, the Lore of Undeath actually creates new ones, and you have choice there. Take a look at Ryze - The Grave Call. Off that one spell, you have 12 potential units to choose from. Granted, you will only be able to summon some of them with a few (or more than a few) tokens saved up. Deciding which unit to summon and where to actually put them (as long as in range of the caster) is going to be a bit of a mini-game in itself.

Right now I am torn between Arkhan the Black, and Mannfred as my Mortarch of choice. Arkhan can summon bigger point value units (33 zombies on a 9+), but Mannfred has the wider area in which to place them, which has more potential to mess with your opponent's plans. Assuming their plan isnt just "run in and fight!".

So, for right now my plan is go on vacation, come back all recharged, and build dead things. Probably add some Tomb King models once these first few units are done, then look into who will lead my force.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Base stamps

I am of the opinion that an unfinished base makes for an unfinished model. I don't care how well painted a model is, if the base is the basic black and I can see the tag, it is unfinished. Even if there is no tag, basic black looks unfinished to me.

Having said that, my bases are VERY simple. A bit of sand glued on, and painted brown. Battlefield basic, as I like to call it. However, since I started working on this Malifaux band, I wanted something more. Zombie hookers do not look right crossing the battlefield basic.

So, I went hunting resin bases, and discovered very quickly that Id spend between 25% and 50% on bases that Id spent on a force to begin with. And Id have to go back if I wanted to expand. Unacceptable. I know plenty of people swear by resin bases, but Id rather throw money at new models, not their bases, 

That is where Happy Seppuku comes in. They make a series of stamps that you can use with green stuff (or your putty of choice) to make themed bases. So, I figured Id give them a shot. $25 bucks for two stamps later, I've got two chunks of what appears to be silicone, each 3 inches by 5 inches. One side is detailed. I got the Brick Fishscale and the Ground Snow/Mud.

I will admit, when I first looked at what Id been sent, my thoughts were "well shit, this wont do at all!". The detail appears VERY understated. But, I slapped some green stuff on a base anyways, and stamped away... and was pleased with what came out of it. Now, lets be honest. This is NOT Golden Daemon/Golden Paintbrush work. This is barely advanced army work. Having said that, for your average table top quality army, this will push you from basic category to serious.

I plan on painting them for next Tuesday's post, but so far, I am pleased. My only real complaint is that they take a decent amount of greenstuff to properly make. Though, I might have overdone it a bit, as a rookie mistake. My biggest suggestion would be to follow directions, and make sure to cover the gap in the base (if there is one) as the greenstuff will flow down there as quick as possible when you stamp it.