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Preparing for Broadside 2021

Preparing for Broadside 2021

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About the Project

With Broadside 2021 scheduled for the beginning of December it is time to get on with preparing our club demo game for the event. We've put on a game for (I think) every Broadside game show and so this year we have unearthed an idea we had many many years ago, in the hope that it doesn't require too much work (let's see). The idea is an amphibious assault game with Cryx attacking Khador, my contribution is the Khador Army.

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Figures and rules

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Broadside wargames show is Saturday 4th December and is organised by the Milton Hundred Wargames Club.

It has been quite a long time since I played Warmachine and so the whole army needs dusting off, checking and working out what needs painting.  Alongside that was the question of which version of the rules to use.  Back in the day I was a Press Ganger, and have demo’ed for PP at Salute, but that was before children arrived so 11+ years ago and since then I haven’t kept up with the game.  Fortunately, PP now provide the rules and card free on their site and so they have been downloaded.

As for the figures, well at somepoint I remember playing a 4,000 point tournament (yes we did play that many points for one event), but that was under 1st Edition (I think) points.  The points cost will need checking at some point.  Now according to my spreadsheet I own 215 Khador miniatures and whilst 85% of them are built, only 55% are painted – first job will be to check that listing and then to see what might need repairing.

Repairs

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So I decided this morning to get the main two bags out that hold my Khador figures and confirmed the presence of pretty much everything on my spreadsheet (I think I need to check some other bits).  Whilst checking the figures out I came across a few repairs that were needed, a couple I kind of knew about and few I obviously didn’t.  Any hobby time today will be spent on repairs.

Repairs

Repairs done

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Well those few repairs didn’t take too long, although one model has a snapped drill bit in it.  I know the Kossite Woodman repair doesn’t look good and it may have to be revisited but the others I’m happy with.  I also decided that I was going to paint a new Winter Guard Rocketeer using contrast paints, it will be interesting to see the differences in my painting now and back then.

For honesty I shall say now that I didn’t paint the Butcher, the Kossite or the Kovnik.

Rocketeer finished

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I've finished up the paint job on the Rocketeer that I start last week.  Contrast Snakebite leather for the coat, hat and rocket bag. Gullimen Flesh for the skin tone.  The gloves are Black Templar over Snakebite Leather.  Metal work was Vallejo Metallic Black with Copper and Steel.  Red is AP Pure Red with highlights built with P3 Khador RedI've finished up the paint job on the Rocketeer that I start last week. Contrast Snakebite leather for the coat, hat and rocket bag. Gullimen Flesh for the skin tone. The gloves are Black Templar over Snakebite Leather. Metal work was Vallejo Metallic Black with Copper and Steel. Red is AP Pure Red with highlights built with P3 Khador Red
A comparison between the one finished this week and the one I painted a long time ago.A comparison between the one finished this week and the one I painted a long time ago.

New unit of Winter Guard

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A long time ago, pre-covid, pre-children (eldest is 11) I demo’ed for PP which allowed me access to a parts service for conversions.  When No Quarter 2 was released (September 2005, nearly 16 years ago) it had an article on converting units to elite cadre, so I purchase another 12 Winter Guard (to give me a 10 man unit) and 10 Hammerfall High Shield Gun Corp backpacks to attach to them.  These bits have sat unassembled and unloved for all that time and I’ve kept it in the back of my mind.  So this little project turned them up again and so I decided I’d finish the job.

First job find the original article, I’ve long ago got rid of all my No Quarter Magazines, but the internet never lets anything truely disappear and so I found a PDF.  The original article also used Devil Dog axes, something I hadn’t ordered, so the axes need to stay as they are.

Second job decide on a paint scheme.  The scheme in the original article gives them a red coat with grey armour and whilst it looks good, it’s not what I wanted to do so for me it is grey coat and red armour (the traditional way round).

Assembly was straight forward all I needed to do was put the back packs on the figures.  To help with painting I went with a zenithal spray, I didn’t want to go too dark so started with Halford’s Grey, AP Skeleton Bone and then Halford’s White.  I’m not sure that there is enough transition, but I’m going with it.

Finished Winter Guard

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Well I’ve cracked on and finished that unit of 10 Winter Guard.  I’d forgot what it was like bulk painting that many figures at once – I’ve been maxing recently at 6 so 10 and all in the same scheme was a new start.  Thought I’d try using Contrast Basilicanum Grey for a non-metallic metal effect on the blunderbuses.  Otherwise it is contrast paints mostly, with the exception of the rest of the metals and the armour plates.  I’m happy with the paint job on these guys.  Next up is to paint the Rocketeer that goes with them to complete the unit.

Finished Winter Guard

A few bits finished.

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I meant to update this last weekend, but never got round to it.

I managed to finish off the Rocketeer to match the new Winter Guard unit following the same method as before.  The Kayazy Assasin is the one of these I am most happy with, the shadow on his chin has come about by accident as I used the same zenithal priming method as with the Winter Guard, but the Dark Oath Flesh contrast didn’t hide the grey primer so produced the five o’clock shadow.

The Man-O-War Drakhun had some edge highlighting done on the armour as I had already done most of the painting before putting him away.  Although when I went to put him away this time I noticed he had no shield (what have I done with it and I can’t find his dismounted version!).

A few bits finished.

Forgot photographs

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Just realised after I put the last lot of Khadorans away that I forgot to photograph them.  Anyway I have completed a Juggernaut, Destroyer and a Decimator (the last has been hanging around since it was released, the other two I purchased as I thought I’d lost them).  That is the last of warjacks that I have painted.  I also finished the Mortar Gun, the spotter figure had been painted for a long time so I was trying to match the painting style and scheme.  I have a completed Windowmaker Marksman as well.

So the Warjack count for the show game now stands at:

  • Beast-09
  • Behemoth
  • Berserker
  • Decimator
  • 4 Destroyers
  • Devastator
  • Drago
  • 4 Juggernauts
  • Kodiak
  • Marauder
  • 2 Spriggans
  • 1 Scrapjack

Next up is to crack on with the Man-o-War part of the army, with 5 of the newer plastic shocktrooper (purchased second hand recently) on the painting table.

Caught up the photos

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Had sometime over the weekend to take photographs, actually took them of all the parts of the army and reminded that some of my painting was very basic when I started with Warmachine back in 2003.

Shocktroopers

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I completed the Man-o-War shocktroopers that I picked up last weekend and got round to photographing them this week.  The base coat is AP Dragon Red, and then highlighted with Pure Red, the unit had been converted with the banner, which now that there is a leader and banner option available could be fielded either way.

Shocktroopers

Another 'jack, plus some Iron Dragons

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So a few posts ago I said I painted all my warjacks for Khador, but then I purchased two more (whoops).  So one was assembled and it is this one I have finished painting last week.  With this Demolisher (the first time I have brought one) was primed with AP Pure Red spray, a wash of Red Tone and Purple Tone (3:1 mix) to bring out the depth and then edge highlights of AP Pure Red adding increasing amounts of Khador Red Highlight from the P3 range.

Alongside working on this I cracked on with another Manhunter using Contrast paints and the start of a unit of Iron Dragons, primed in Chaos Black and then edge highlighted with P3 Ironhull grey and adding Vallejo Sky Grey.  I then undercoated them with Humbrol Gloss Varnish out of a rattle can, with the intention of painting Matt Varnish on the cloaks and bases.

Last 'jack - I promise this time

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Another Devastator knocked out last week.  I used a different head panel so to make it look different.Another Devastator knocked out last week. I used a different head panel so to make it look different.

Black Dragons all 13

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I finished off the Black Dragons, including the Solo.I finished off the Black Dragons, including the Solo.

What to do whilst in Isolation (Part One)

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Well I’m just over half-way through my Covid-19 Isolation and this is where I got to earlier in the week.  1 Man-o-War Shocktrooper to finish off my unit of 5 in Black Dragon colours.  1 Man-o-War Shocktrooper to represent the dismounted Drakhun, also in Black Dragon colours.  2 Field Guns – one of which I had already painted the 2 crewmen.  Nothing overly special in the painting  of this lot  The new Field Gun team is all in Contrast paints, Space Wolf Grey for the coat and hat, Skeleton Horde for the chest and back plate, Blood Angels Red for the armour plates.  Both Field guns are simply painted with Vallejo Gunmetal as a base, Vallejo Copper for the copper parts, all washed with AP Strong Tone and then highlights with Vallejo Silver.

What to do whilst in Isolation (Part Two)

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So I have been getting on with things whilst sitting in the house and the boys have wanted to paint with me.  So I finished off 4 Man-o-War Shocktroopers in Red to join the one I had painted years ago – it tells how much I’ve changed my painting style.  The new Man-o-War were primed in AP Pure Red, Washed with a 3:1 mix of AP Red Tone: Purple Tone.  The highlights on the red are made from Pure Red, 1:1 Pure Read:Khador Red Highlight and then Khador Red Highlight.  The Black areas are Vallejo Black and highlighted with P3 Ironhull Grey.

The Iron Fang Uhlans are in Black Dragon colours, these had been mostly painted when I got them, but I did some highlight work on the Red cloaks (same system as above) and a little on the black armour.  I have one more to paint and assembly for this unit.

Nearly there

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Well I painted more figures, but in the rush to get them in the bag and over to the chaps who are taking them to the show (I can’t get there until lunchtime) I forgot to paint them.

For a list we have:

5 Man-o-War Bombardies

1 Kommandant Sorscha (Man-o-War)

1 Iron Fang Uhlan (to complete the unit I painted earlier)

1 War Dog

1 Commander Oleg Strakhov

1 Aleksandra Zerkov

2 Battle Mechaniks

Last night we did put the terrain out along with some of the figures so I did take some pictures of figures on it.

One issue we found was that we didn’t have enough boards to create Venice so I need to spray my TT Combat terrain tiles grey.

Today was the day

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Well today was the Broadside show and I’ve not long got back.  I couldn’t make it until lunchtime and the guys had already played 2 turns.  I chipped in on the Khadoran side and helped finish up the game.

We were surprised to receive the award for the best game in the show and thank you to all of the Clubs that voted for us and to the Milton Hundred Group for putting on a great show, particularly given the circumstances.

Whilst not all of Khadorans are painted yet, this is the end of this project, thank you for following me in the journey.  Now to prepare for Broadside 2022 in June (only 6 months away and another big army to paint and assemble – watch my Conquest project for this one!