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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Everything's Coming Up Ravens

This week, I'm off to Adepticon for my first big tournament.  It's been great fun building a list, brainstorming scenarios and hoisting beers over practice games.  Adepticon shared a picture of our Grand Melee swag and its sweet!  To wear all the Dark Age T-shirts I packed for this trip, I'll need to change after each round of the tournament. Is there an award for "Most Costume Changes?"
I told my buddies this magical raven T-shirt only works with Norse warbands. My friend John replied that any warband fighting under the raven T-shirt is destined to win but the bearer is doomed to die.  It's this kind of banter that makes our SAGA group shine! Despite John's warning, I added a raven war banner to my Norse-Gaels list.  Banner bearers, beware!
My friend Hugh is painting a Carthaginian army in 15mm and we've traded emails on how I paint in this scale.  He's kindly edited them into a "How To..." painting guide.  I'll share it once I figure out a form or format for that.

I've got some work in progress shots of Mid Republic Roman army I'm painting. West Wind's War and Empire range goes live in mid-April for the UK and mid-May for everybody else. If you're an ancients gamer, take a look at these for your next army.  They've got lots of armies and the excellent sculpting makes them easy to paint up.  As a painter and player, I'm thrilled to have another superb choice.  These are the days, my friends!









31 comments:

  1. Good luck from Fred of The Studio Tomahawk.

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    1. Thanks Fred and if you could, I'd be very happy if you could share back to the Studio Tomahawk guys how much we enjoy your entire stable of products. SAGA is pulling the younger Warhammer crowd into historical gaming in a way that I've never seen before. You fellows are on fire!

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  2. "Covey Leader to Raven...Talk to me, Johnny." :) Have a safe and fun time at Adepticon, Monty. Your figures will surely look great on the table there. BTW, nice start on those Romans too.

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    1. Dean, thanks! I saw a battleboard that someone is bringing to Adepticon and I see I'm going to have to '"up my game" on that front. ;-)

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    1. It's my favorite, and I don't even have it yet. ;-)

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  4. Looks like a lot of fun to be had and nice T-shirt! I'm curious how West Wind compares to Xyston in quality.

    Christopher

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    1. Christopher! This one is tough. Xyston is superb but they're noticeably bigger than the WW, which makes the comparison a bit unfair. Maybe a better way to come at it is that WW has a much deeper selection of armies. Let me dig into some of the other lines before comment.

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  5. That is a mighty fine T-shirt - best of luck at the convention. Can we get a closer shot of the third last pic - those guys look terrific.

    FMB

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    1. Absolutely! The Velites are really nice and once again, they demostrate that fewer figures on a base looks better than a crowded base. I'll get finish line shots here shortly.

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  6. Best of luck to raise the Raven flag at the tournament Monty!

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    1. Thanks Gilles! It will be a blast, I'm sure!

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  7. Good luck Monty, hope you'll survive the battles – raven banner or not. :)

    The romans look ace so far!

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    1. Thanks Jonas, I've committed to not drinking until the event is over. That will help me survive, I think! I've heard stories and I don't want to be "that guy."

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  8. Great t-shirt! How can you possibly lose wearing that? Good luck for the tournament! :-)

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    1. Thanks Paul and I've taken inspiration from all of your posts about tournament play and your saying "practice hard, play easy." So thanks!

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  9. You Norse-Gaels banner bearer and army looks ACE!

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    1. Thanks Hobby! I pulled the green raven banner and have started reworking it so I can have a pair.

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  10. Best of luck in the tournament, Monty
    Your Roman WIP are looking very nice!.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! The Romans have been fun and quite familiar territory for me. ;-)

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  11. Win the tournament ! Fight like a real "Nordbo"

    Seems like your also have som 15mm minis to paint...

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  12. Holy Odin...! :D Best of luck, Monty. The Ides of March have passed.. still, keep your banner bearer at the safest possible spot...! :) Greetings!

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  13. All the best Monty! Have fun. Remember to stretch, stay hydrated, and eat well... Meaning avoid greasy crap. At least until you're done with the tourney games.

    David

    PS: Em and I are off to Gary Con next week for our own adventure.

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  14. Well I keeping my fingers crossed that you are victorious and that inspite of the t-shirt you return safe and sound.

    Oh and even if you are not victorious... have fun!!!

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  15. May the dice gods be with you Monty, but failing that, make sure your axes are sharp and your shields strong!

    And make sure you get some pics as well - all the best!

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  16. Wow that is what I call productivity.

    John

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  17. Some top looking figures Monty, love the T-Shirt too!

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