Friday, July 06, 2018

GHOSTHAMMER

A few days ago I caved in and bought the new edition of AoS. Those new Nighthaunt models are just so ghoulishly delicious I couldn't resist.

It does seem Age of Sigmar has come of...well, age. In the three years it's been out 
there's been some really interesting armies released (apart from the constant barrage of rather uninspired stormcasts) and the new rule book itself is a hell of a lot sexier than the lacklustre first edition

There's still something off with the writing - its ponderous and humourless and just...off. Sometimes its almost as if they're using some sort of word generator that just throws out adjectives at random and there's so much aimless Michael Baystyle epic epicness about you start to skim the text after a while. Sometimes it's pretty good - it becomes pretty apparent after a while that there's many different writers involved. In any case the book is a lot better than the first outing and at least tries to create a setting of sorts. 

Like I said previously the Nighthaunt minis are, as many others have stated, absolutely stunning. GW knocked it out of the park with these guys and as for AoS in general it certainly seems like it's here to stay. If you want to take stroll down memory lane here's a pice I wrote about the new game and the death of the Old World just as AoS came out in the summer of 2015. Three years certainly is a long time in the hobby world - especially considering GWs current relentless release schedule...
http://convertorum.blogspot.com/2015/07/warhammer-is-dead-long-live-warhammer.html

So without further ado, here's my first two ghosties. The plan is to finish up a vanguard size army (1000pts) and then see what happens. I won't convert the spooks that much other than minor details. For instance I'll probably add some nails and spikes to the characters and wraiths to make theme even grimmer, taking some cues from my old mhorrigot stuff, and remove some of the wispy smoke effects where possible.





17 comments:

  1. πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

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  2. Your Nighthaunt testers are looking great! I had already suspected they might profit from a slightly grittier paintjob, and you've managed to hit just the right amount of gritty realism while not making the models "grimdark for grimdarkness's sake", which sometimes seems to have become its own clichΓ© lately. Excellent work, as expected! :)

    I hear you about the writing, though, especially where the names are concerned -- they do have some rather stunning, visually arresting armies that serve as pretty original takes on classic fantasy tropes. You'd think they could get away with storytelling that is slightly more subtle instead of trying to one-up the craziness of the actual models ;)

    By the way, if you don't need those Stormcasts, I'll happily take a few off your hands -- just sayin'... ;)

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    1. Cheers Krauty! Glad you like ’em!!

      The Stormcasts are yours - drop me an email and I’ll send them to you (I’m kerping the griffon monster though...)

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  3. You definitely hit the right mark for grimdark, where they look like the shrouds they were interred in, without turning the grimdark up to 11.

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    1. Cheers mate. That's pretty much the look I was going for!

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  4. Tidy! Totally agree - whilst a handful of the minis knock me for six and make me keen to grab them, I just can't get inspired by the fluff and that, for me, is almost entirely to do with the writing which, as you say, can be hit and miss.

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    1. I've sort of realised it's all about the models these days. I can make up my own background, but no one can make minis like GW. That doesn't mean I don't miss the old days when the writing actually was captivating, but in those days the models neeeded good background to stand apart. Now they sort of stand apart on their own merits if you catch my drift...

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  5. You managed to make even ghosts look dirty. I love it! It's characterful, different from the usual smokey blue style.
    These definitely look yours XD
    Can't wait to see more! Do you plan to paint the horseman too?

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    1. Oh yes. The plan is to paint all of them!

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    2. Great!

      You know, they would look cool in a Necromunda-like setting. A sort of horror story among the dirty, claustrophobic alleys of 40k hives and settlements.

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    3. I'd love to convert some into floaty mechanicus gribblies, but I'm trying to retain my focus and get a small AoS army ready.

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  6. These are the best Nighthaunts I've seen. Love these.

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