Friday, October 16, 2009

Getting back into Warhammer Fantasy

One of the great things about Daemons is that they're used in both 40k and Fantasy. Since my Daemons are almost fully painted I figured I should start breaking them out for Fantasy!

I used to play Fantasy a fair amount during 6th Edition with my Lizardman army. I had a lot of fun back then with the game. I then sold my Lizardman army and started playing with Ogres in 7th Edition and that has not worked out so well. I love the stylistic flair of Ogres, and Orcs and Beastmen, but it seemed like those three armies just aren't very playable in Fantasy right now. My experience has been limited but what experience I've had has been frustrating and talking to other people it sounds like they've experienced similar.

While Daemons are fairly balanced in 40k, they're strong and provide for a good game but I'd put them fairly middle of the road in terms of power, they are totally overpowered in Fantasy. That bothers me some but I'm going to try to make a fair Daemon army and I'm also willing to play with composition rules most tournaments around here have been using, such as only allowing Daemons to field 2000 points where most everyone else gets 2250 and Ogres and some other weaker armies get 2500 points.

First, I'd like to make a catalogue of what I own and each items painted status.

Lord of Change (with two heads, used as Kairos / Fateweaver in 40k) - Painted
Great Unclean One (Forgeworld model, not on a base) - Painted
Bloodthirster of Khorne - Unassembled

Herald of Khorne on Chariot - Painted
Herald of Tzeentch - Painted
Herald of Nurgle - Painted
Herald of Slaanesh - Assembled
Herald of Khorne - Assembled

20 Plaguebearers - 15 Painted, 5 unpainted
20 Pink Horrors (inc Changeling, Banner) - Painted
20 Bloodletters (inc Banner, Musician) - Painted
30 Daemonettes - Unassembled

5 Flesh Hounds of Khorne - Unassembled
10 Nurgling Bases - Assembled
6 Screamers of Tzeentch - Painted

10 Bloodcrushers of Khorne (inc Musician, Banner) - 5 painted and based on 40k bases, 5 Unassembled
6 Fiends of Slaanesh - Painted
6 Flamers of Tzeentch - Painted

20 Chaos Spawn - 5 Assembled, 15 Unassembled

I feel I have a good basis for many army types from models I already own. There isn't much more I'd like to get that I don't already have. I plan on basing some unassembled models on Fantasy bases, such as at least 2 or 3 of my remaining Bloodcrushers of Khorne, so that I can better use them for Fantasy.

So far my collection is based on round bases for 40k. Luckily, Gale Force Nine, and other companies, make great movement trays for such a case. I own several of these and they are quite nice and fit the bases perfectly. So far I only own the 5x4 ones and I'm thinking of making bases without figures, based in the way I'm doing model and movement tray bases, to fill in the back ranks for units that are too small to fit the entire movement tray.

I also plan on using the Cavalry movement trays for from War of the Ring for things like Fiends of Slaanesh, which I couldn't imagine using more than 2 of at any given time.

Here's the 2000 point army list I plan on trying out starting on Tuesday.

Great Unclean One, lvl 4 Wizard, Noxious Vapours, Slime Trail, Trappings of Nurgle

Herald of Nurgle, lvl 1 Wizard, Slime Trail
Herald of Khorne, Blood Chariot, Armour of Khorne, Firestorm Blade
Herald of Tzeentch, Spell Breaker

19 Plaguebearers of Nurgle, Musician, Banner, Standard of Seeping Decay
19 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch, Banner, Banner of Change
10 Daemonettes of Slaanesh, Alluress, Musician, Standard Bearer

6 Flamers of Tzeentch, Pyrocaster

This comes out to just under 2000 points. To get to 2250 I'm going to bump up the Daemonettes to 20 and take 3 Screamers of Tzeentch.

This is not set in stone at all. Units that won't work will get replaced, doubly so as they get painted, but I'm going to try to keep my army to things I own already.

I should be getting pictures of my 40k Daemons tomorrow as well as some terrain. I might get a battle report out of it, too!

Have a great weekend!

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