Friday, July 20, 2012
In all hours, in all weathers, sentinels stand upon the ramparts of remote forts and lonely watchtowers up and down the Black River country, and listen in fear for the wail of a hunting horn, and the unearthly baying of a pack of Devil-hounds...for this horrid music heralds the approach of the Mad Hunt of Chaos...one of the most feared warbands in all the loathsome and corrupted host of the Chaos Lord, Buzzgob Phesterlick.
This distinctly unwholesome bunch are part of a sub-army for my chaos horde. The warband will also include 24 chaos hounds, 4 hound handlers, and a Master of the Hunt...a mounted Sorcerer of Nurgle. Always liked these miniatures, (They remind me of the Humongous's "Gayboy Berzerkers" from THE ROAD WARRIOR...just need some rooster feathers on the shoulders)...I've been collecting them one or two at a time for a couple of years now. I'm glad the unit has finally come together...
Mutated Thug...actually a great old Beastman figure whose inclusion I thought would be a nice touch...
'Blood for the Blood God!"
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Though they are dependent on the army of the Baron for protection against invasion, the people of the Black River country, whether tenant farmers or free-holders, know that they must often be the first line of their own defense against Goblinoid or Chaos raids, Snotling infestations, random terrifying undead incursions, or the unexpected depredations of solitary wandering monsters.
This was another unit that was long in the making. About half the models are Black Tree/Harlequin figures I found in a bargain bin at GAMESCAPE when I lived in San Francisco about a hundred years ago. Somewhere along the line picked up 5 old Glory barbarian archers that got added to the mix, and there is also a Saxon archer from God knows what historical line. Just this year, I rounded the unit out to 20 models with the addition of some nice old Perry Brothers Medievals.
Warhammer Armies only allows the use of peasant levy archers in the Bretonnian army list. They do not appear in the Empire list, which may be just as well, since, with a Ballistic skill of 2 and a leadership of 6, they are next to useless. I think they may be fun for use with scenarios, however, and may even be a good investment for city fighting or sieges.
The Dragon symbol emblazoned on the banner commemorates the capture of the original Thunder Mountain caverns from their most fearsome guardian, the Wyrm now remembered as Frenga the Devourer. The founders of the Red Dragons were two brothers, Herl and Herst Stonebelly, celebrated heroes of the founding and key players in the touch-and-go contest with Frenga. Indeed it was Herst who preserved the egg from the Frenga's nest which centuries later produced Frenga's one known offspring, Felenc, The Fire on the Mount.
Undoubtedly more audacious than wise, the brothers in later years swore a rash oath to map the country beyond the Black River. Taking a small band of companions, they passed into the east and were never heard from again. They left an impressive legacy, however. The Red Dragons remain to this day vigilant and formidable Guardians of the Thunder Mount colony, as does Felenc.
This unit was cobbled together out of a wild hodge-podge of Black Tree, Old Glory, Grenadier and Metal Magic figures. And there's one old school Citadel figure in there, the 'Bombur' of the unit...
I recently dug most of them out of the cobwebbed corners of my collection, added a few new ones, and tried to wash, repaint and touch up some of the worst specimens in order to get a decent looking unit together. I'm not sure I succeeded but I tried.