Category: Vampire Counts


Some last minute list changes aside, everyone managed to complete their goal of painting at least 250 points for month one. The paint had barely enough time to dry before the group set a date for their first game, devising a neat little scenario layered on top of the Triumph and Treachery rules to cater for the unbalanced armies the first few months would inevitably see; Slay the Dragon!

Here’s the brief they players got:

  • Let’s play a Triumph and Treachery game using our fully painted #ATO9G forces
  • Simon’s Dragon, Talinda Fireheart will deploy in the middle, guarding her brood of hatchlings
  • The objective is to either slay the dragon, or steal her eggs
  • If you kill the dragon, you win outright
  • Otherwise, the player with the most eggs wins
  • Ties are decided by the amount of coins (as per Triumph and Treachery rules)
  • Any unit may move, march, pursue or charge over an egg to capture it
  • If you flee, you drop the egg
  • If you are destroyed, you drop the egg
  • A unit can carry multiple eggs
  • Talinda gets Hatred against any unit carrying an egg
  • If you’ve painted more than 250pts for #ATO9G, you’re allowed to bring and use them too – judging by the blog, it looks like there’s only a difference of a few hundred points anyway, which the crazy nature of T&T will balance out…
  • If you’ve painted less than 250pts, that’s all you can bring – you’ll have to rely on your mad #PRSkillz to save you (or get painting)

Even with  just 250 points per force, the game was fantastic fun with some hilarious moments! With a belly full of food (beef, mainly), the players deployed their armies.

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The Forces:

  • High Elves – Star Dragon and an Undead Banshee (the ghost of the fallen rider)
  • Dark Elves – Morathi and a Witch Elf Champion
  • Wood Elves – 10 Glade Guard and 6 Scouts
  • Empire – 10 Halberdiers, 10 Crossbowmen and a Priest
  • Lizardmen – 20 Saurus
  • Lizardmen (guest player) – tooled-up Lord on Cold One
  • Tomb Kings – 10 archers, 3 chariots and a Heirophant
  • Vampire Counts – tonnes of Zombies, Skeletons, Ghouls and a Necromancer

Quick overview:

  • Wood Elves – took pot-shots at the Dragon all game to no avail, until the Witch Elf Champion single-handedly murdered the Glade Guard
  • Empire – hampered by a barrage of Treachery cards, the men of the Empire marched towards the nest of eggs until Morathi’s magic sent them fleeing
  • Lizardmen – managed to capture an egg, taking the lead, until they drew the attentions of Talinda the Star Dragon, who promptly destroyed and broke the regiment of Saurus in one brutal round of combat
  • Lizardmen (guest player) – mostly blundered around after failing two stupidity tests, effectively putting him out of the game. But he enjoyed the beer.
  • Tomb Kings – sent his chariots into the Vampire Counts main unit, killing his Necromancer and ensuring his hated rivals’ eventual doom to crumbling
  • Vampire Counts – during his army’s death-throws, charged his remaining Ghouls into the Tomb King’s archers, killing his Heirophant and ensuring his hated rivals’ eventual doom to crumbling
  • High Elves – with enemies all around her, Talinda the Star Dragon valiantly protected her brood and lost just a single wound throughout the whole battle. However, she mourns the loss of one of her young…
  • Dark Elves – Star of the show, Morathi, was a powerhouse in the magic phase, netting fist-fulls of Saurus Warriors and Halberdiers, plus the Undead Banshee. Her machinations drew the attentions of Talinda yet she not only survived combat with the beast, but also (though plenty of double-dealing, bribes and careful Treachery card playing) managed to escape and deftly steal an egg from the nest, giving the Dark Elves the win!

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Test colour scheme for my Ghouls!

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So that’s the first batch done! I painted 22 (including unit fillers) in case I manage to cast Invocation of Nehek.

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Inspired by Games Workshop’s ‘A Tale of Four Gamers’ article from many moons ago, the lads at Innsmouth Gaming Club are to embark upon a similar feat. Introducing; A Tale of 9 Gamers. To see the player’s updates, CLICK on their army book below.

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Vampire Counts test zombie

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Arcanon

The dead are rising…

Arcanon’s past was a sorry tale. Abandoned as an infant in the streets of Kislev he had been picked up by a local orphanage. Bullied by the other boys, and even the girls due to his hunched back and stammer, Arcanon developed an intense hatred for his fellow man. The only solace he could find were in the pages of the books and ledgers in the orphanage library – not a large collection by any means, but one that Arcanon could devour in a dark corner in relative peace.

Once he was finally old enough to leave the orphanage, things continued to get worse for Arcanon. Work was unattainable, even though his mind was sharp. Potential employers spurned him, citing his disfigurement as a reason for him not being able to keep up with others. Although he knew the real reason was that none really liked him, he had heard the whispers behind his back for his entire life. And truth be told, he didn’t like them either.

And so it was that Arcanon came to live on the streets of Kislev, that was until the day when Count Krieger arrived in town. Of course Arcanon had no idea who he was at the time, but when he met his gaze he heard the voice in his head.

‘Do you want power, little one?’

Arcanon nodded his head before he could even think about what was happening.

‘Then follow me…’

Arcanon smiled at the memory. How long had it been since he had thought about those days? It had to have been eighty years at least. What had the great lord seen in him that day he wondered? What a stupid question, his vast potential of course.

He twisted his shoulders to the side so that he could see behind him, the stammer had long gone, but the twisted spine was a permanent feature. The shuffling horde was restless, they needed to feed. Turning forward again he outstretched a bony arm in front of him, knarled fingers grasped around a human skull.

‘Rise’, he intoned in a deep, thoroughly unnatural voice. An ethereal energy leaped from the eyes and mouth of the skull, penetrating into the graves directly in front of him. A few moments passed, and a skeletal hand punched through the earth at his feet.

A tiny smile touched the corners of Arcanon’s mouth, although it was gone in an instant. ‘Let’s go my pets, we have work to do.’

Inspired by Games Workshop’s ‘A Tale of Four Gamers’ article from many moons ago, the lads at Innsmouth Gaming Club are to embark upon a similar feat. Introducing; A Tale of 9 Gamers.

The rules:
Starting from today, Sunday 1 December, each gamer will collect, build and paint a minimum of 250 points each month, and will share their progress on this blog. Some will use it as an opportunity to start a new collection, while others will use it to grow an existing force. There’s no hard and fast rules about what can be included in the 250 points minimum, allowing players to paint a regiment of troops, special character, monster, war machine, or whatever they fancy! Games will be arranged between the players and special scenarios invented to balance the forces chosen. Expect exciting updates from each player on painting, list-building, conversions, gaming, and fluff – the chaps are all very excited and ready to go!

The intrepid gamers at Innsmouth Gaming Club are all aiming to have a fully-painted, legal force in a few months. Please follow their progress and support them on their epic journey.

To see the player’s updates, CLICK on their army book below.

The players and their armies:
Rich – Vampire Counts @tricky_ricardo

Steve – Tomb Kings @tinracersteve

Dan D – Wood Elves @brawlerguts

Dan J – Lizardmen @BearMcRowdy

James – Dwarfs @alone_withmyaxe

Max – The Empire @Morrayz

Bob – Orcs and Goblins
(or possibly Empire…he’s still deciding!)

Si – High Elves @simonroberts87

Ed – Dark Elves @dgargoyl3