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The Lost 300 – Spartan-themed Stormcast Eternals

The Lost 300 are one of Sigmar’s Stormcast Eternal chambers. Their souls plucked from the world-that-was as they died together in their final battle, they are the last remaining 300 warriors of a militaristic race, reforged as Sigmar’s elite.

But a complication during the forging process meant each warrior still believes they’re fighting that very same final battle from their mortal past. This delusion is further compounded as Sigmar cannot control or direct their deployment – which is why they are ‘lost’ to him. Instead, they magically appear on the battlefield when the forces of good face annihilation and are resigned to death; the combined psychic emanations of a force resolutely facing death, resonating deeply within the soul-spirits of The Lost 300, summoning them to war. In this way, they are doomed to be endlessly reforged to die in glorious final confrontations and battles across the realms.


Background: The Spa’taan

In the world-that-was, the Spa’taan were a militaristic people. Warlike, yet noble, their social system and constitution configured entirely to maximize military proficiency at all costs, completely focused on military training and excellence. Taught from birth that to die in battle was the greatest glory a warrior could earn, coupled with their harsh upbringing, unparalleled martial training and constant warfare, the Spa’taan warriors earnt a fearsome reputation throughout the known world. Where weaker races would recoil, they alone stood against the evil and tyranny of the world, often against insurmountable odds.

And it was this that caught the God-King Sigmar’s eye during the creation of the realms. Though the entire Spa’taan culture was lost to the sands of time with the destruction of the world-that-was, the God-King was able to save the bravest and mightiest of these great heroes. But at a terrible price.

The forging of The Lost 300

Knowing they would die to a man, 300 of Spa’taan’s best warriors marched with their King toward the Hot Gates – an infamous pass and bottleneck in the world-that-was, which would have allowed the forces of Chaos unfettered access to the allied kingdoms of Man, Elf and Dwarf. The legions that faced them were titanic in scale, yet the Spa’taan knew they must intercept and delay the Chaos army, to allow time for the bickering alliance to assemble and ready their defences. Resigned to death, this brave act saw the God-King Sigmar whisk away their souls as they fell on the field of battle, to be reforged as a regiment of his almighty Stormcast Eternals.

Yet all did not go to plan.

Though the reforging was successful to a point, such was their forlorn commitment to dying in that final battle, The Lost 300, as they have come to be known, are perpetually stuck in that moment in their mind’s eye. They re-live that final battle, again and again, overlaid against their current reality. Where we see trees and lush green meadows, they see the dry, arid battlescape of the Hot Gates. Where the enemy is Greenskins, Ogors, or the Undead, they see only the forces of Chaos. Where we hear the singing of birds and the rustle of leaves in the wind, they hear only the war drums and trumpets of that fateful day. In this bizarre re-enactment of that final battle, to The Lost 300 even their allies take on the roles of other characters they’d recognise from their past life; the Spa’taan troops may respond to orders from a Seraphon Oldblood by addressing him with a name and title of one of their lieutenants. Or they might refer to an allied band of Fyreslayers as their scouts, assigning them a unit name and battle honours they’ve never heard of.

Forlorn hope

Yet the biggest calamity to befall their reforging was the manner in which they are summoned to battle and travel the realms.

Sigmar has no control over them. Hence, they are ‘lost.’

They are drawn to realms where good people have lost all hope. When there is nothing more to believe in. When the righteous and the virtuous know their time is at an end. Never is this more prominent than on the losing side of the field of battle.

But it must go further than that.

All hope must be lost, and they must be at peace with it. They must be resigned to their fate, without fear, but with a grim determination to fulfill their duty and wreak havoc and bloodshed upon their enemies. Their hearts must be strong, and their resolve stronger still. When enough warriors have reached this state, and are facing annihilation, the psychic emanations coming from such a united host cross the realms and inadvertently summon The Lost 300, in a blinding flash of azure light.

And there they fight. And there they die. Together. Doomed to repeat this endless cycle of glorious final battles until there are no more battles to fight.

Modelling and painting

Standard Stormcast Eternals will be converted to have Scibor Spartan helmets and large round Spartan shields. Some will have Puppets War bare/hairy heads. They’ll all wield tall spears made from 1.5mm brass rod with Stormcast swords as spear tips. They’ll be painted in gold armour and red loincloths in a nod to the film, 300.

UPDATE ONE: Aid uncalled for

I played fantasy until eighth edition and had a pretty big Pirate Ogre army. But when they reset the universe and replaced Warhammer Fantasy with Age of Sigmar, I didn’t pick it up. I sold my fantasy models and focused on 40k instead. For ages, compulsive gamer and Age of Sigmar champion-fanatic, Tinracer, kept telling me how good it was and tried to get me involved but I didn’t understand that world anymore. Two years-ish, and hundreds of beautiful releases from Games Workshop later, I have a much better understanding of what Age of Sigmar is all about. I sort of see it as He-Man, meets ThunderCats, meets Marvel’s Thor… a world where fantasy and low-level sci-fi overlap, and you can explain anything weird by saying: “because it’s magic!!” (I’m looking at you High Elf fishmen riding floating armoured-eels and cosmic space turtles!!).

Now they’ve fleshed out the world, it ‘makes sense’ to me again. I like the idea of realm gates and how they suddenly give you a reason and explanation of why one force could be fighting another.

For me, narrative is so important. I mainly do this hobby for the painting, finding it relaxing and therapeutic. Then on the fairly rare occasions I get to game, I want to make sure each one is a ‘quality’ game – I insist all our models are fully painted (and even help my buddies get their stuff done), and make sure we have nicely painted scenery and a gaming mat. We always have a strong narrative, with lots of hype and build-up in the days and weeks before the game. Playing this way gives us all a much richer experience, and still leaves room for the more competitive players to flex their muscles.

More conversations with Tinracer, and I suddenly found myself committed to dabbling in Age of Sigmar skirmish. I’m told it will help ease me in as I’ll only need a few models. And it will allow me to develop their character as we follow their heroic deeds – right up my street! Rolling with my theme, Tinracer kindly sent me some spare models to help flesh out my force. Which would have been fine, had I been in to receive the delivery. As it happens, I had to rock up to the collection depot and claim to be Leonidas himself…


UPDATE TWO: This looks important… but I don’t know why

You know that tat you see in shops on holiday and you wonder to yourself: “Who on earth buys this stuff?”… well it’s lunatics like me. I saw this (while drunk) and knew I had to have it. I don’t know why yet, but it feels important. Perhaps for a cool piece of themed scenery? A giant statue? A helm of a titan? Or one of the God’s? The topping for a Spartan themed realmgate? Only time will tell…

UPDATE THREE: And so it begins

These kits were a dream to put together. And they fit the Scibor Spartan helmets and big Spartan shields perfectly. I used 1.5mm brass rod for the spears, drilling a slightly smaller hole into the swords first to avoid splitting. With the addition of a converted set of Steelheart’s Champions to represent the officers, the warband is starting to take shape.



UPDATE FOUR: A lick of paint

First, I undercoated the models with Retributor Armour gold spray paint. The coverage was great with no need to spray them black first. I was initially worried the spray wouldn’t get behind the shields but these models are big and broad, and the spray covered them perfectly, even behind the shields.


I was keen to keep the gold dark, just like in the movie 300. So I washed the entire model in Agrax Earthshade (for lighter golds, I’d have used Reikland Fleshshade).


I jumped right in with a drybrush of Liberator Gold using a large drybrush. I was tempted to them use several golds (dark to light) to highlight the gold, but as I wanted to keep it dark, just the one stage felt right. It also made it a lot quicker!


Next, I block-painted the shoulder pads and loincloth Khorne Red. I didn’t have the skill to make greenstuff cloaks so painting these parts a deep red instead is a nod to the film, and its cloak-clad warriors. The face wash painted Bronzed Flesh, and the spear tip with Boltgun metal.


To finish, the face was washed with Reikland Fleshshade, and the reds in Agrax Earthshade. I deliberately didn’t use a red wash so the colours would remain deep and dark. The plume and spear shaft were painted black, and I washed the spear tip in Nuln Oil, then drybrushed it lightly with Mithril Silver. The final stage was a SUPER light drybrush of Mithril Silver on the corners and raised areas of the armour. I based the model with mud, static grass, and tufts, before spraying with with matt varnish. 


UPDATE FIVE: Battle formations!!

Happy with the test model, I rolled out the super-speedy scheme on the entire warband.



With a modest-sized warband fully painted, it was time for my first ever game of Age of Sigmar!

We decided to play a narrative game and not bother working out points; mainly because we wanted to learn the rules and just throw some dice around. Our love for Warhammer Quest saw us settle on an underground scenario where a band of treasure hunters were raiding an Undead tomb. Our heroes have journeyed to the centre of a pyramid complex, convinced they’ll find an ancient artefact they’ve been searching for. Eight corridors bordered the battlefield leading to the central chamber, through which Undead guardians would arrive. The warbands had to search each treasure pile in turn until they found the magical artefact, as Undead reinforcements piled in.

With their High Elf allies taking the brunt of the assault, the Spartans managed to escape with a magic sword. Upon drawing the sorcerous blade, the cavern began to cave in and a bone giant rumbled to un-life, blocking the Spartans only exit. In the final moments, the Spartan general managed to fell the giant and escape with the prize.

Instantly hooked, we decided to play a follow-up game. This time, above ground, as the weary treasure hunters were ambushed on the journey home by the vengeful Tomb Kings. If the Undead could kill the Spartan general in six turns, they’d retrieve their stolen treasure and win the game. They threw everything they had at the Spartan general, including Tomb Scorpions, Tomb Guard and several volleys of arrows (just like the 300 movie!) but thanks to the diligence of his High Elf allies and Minotaur mercenaries, he managed to survive and escape, albeit with just two wounds remaining.


A big learning point for me was the importance of the Liberator unit’s special weapons. Unsupported, Liberators just we’re very effective but with the addition of a Grandblade or Grandhammer, they have a bit more hitting power. So I’ve converted two ‘Grandspears’ (counts as Grandblade) to go with the ‘Warspear’ (counts as Warblade) armed Liberators. I was also missing out on some magical support so built a Knight Incantor.


Dwarf Update

Work has started on the Dwarves with a character painted up and the 2 gyrocopters (excluding the rider).

Once the tournament is over I will go back and tidy up a few bits but they are to a standard that will pass for the event.

Dwarf Runepriest




2 Dwarf Gyrocopters using the machine guns from Titan Forge





I’ve also come up with a list for the event

Runesmith (General); x2 Rune of Spellbreaking, Rune of Stone, Rune of Iron, Shield 133
Runesmith; x2 Rune of Spellbreaking, Rune of Stone, Shield 113
Thane (Battle Standard Bearer); Master Rune of Grungi, Shield, 153
Master Engineer; 70
Master Engineer; 70
21 Longbeards; Full Command, Great Weapons, Rune of Stoicism, 359
18 Quarrellers; Full Command, Great Weapons, 286
1 Gyrocopter; 80
1 Gyrocopter; 80
Cannon; Rune of Forging, 145
Cannon; Rune of Forging, Rune of Burning, 150
Grudge Thrower; Rune of Accuracy, Rune of Forging, Rune of Burning 135
Grudge Thrower; Rune of Accuracy, Rune of Forging, 130
Organ Cannon; Rune of Accuracy, Rune of Burning, 150
Organ Cannon; Rune of Accuracy, 145
Army Total: 2,199

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Dwarves not Dwarfs – 2015

@Simonroberts87 here.

It’s certainly been a while since I last put anything up on the blog but I come bearing good news.

In 2015 I will be rocking a Dwarf army that I will be using at various tournaments – the first being the Firestorm Four

Now being extremely poor at spelling I wanted to find out the difference between Dwarfs and Dwarves…. to all those interested you can find out more

So far I’ve drafted a few army list ideas and made various purchases.

I will have 2 armies.

1. will be fully painted by me and in the end will be my sole tournament army

2. back up army that I’ve purchased from someone that has used it at tournaments in 2014. This means that If I don’t have anything painted in time I have a back up and also means I have some alternative unit choices and means I can get some practice games in ASAP

I’ve mainly gone for Titan Forge and Avatar of War models including







I will keep the blog up to date with developments as they happen and of course will be Tweeting everything.

The Asur are on the move towards NCGT

The cold steel lance slid up the neck of the Skaven rat. Squirming and slowly dropping to its knees it hissed “I can offer valuable information in return for my freedom”

A second knight appeared “So you found diseased rat!” Lord Caradryan spotted the whelp many leagues back. Gut it now and let us ride on with haste”.

“The Skaven has offered us information” replied Allunanur “speak vermin or I will cut your life short”.

“Yes yes sire, much information I have…. valuable information I have. My master Lord Skitterclaw is nearby, a powerful seer he has become. Let me show you his lair and may you take his power and in return spare my life you will”.

“You untrustworthy slave, I will not follow your orders however you shall follow mine. We are heading north towards the great desert. A darkness is growing with rumours of an ancient foe returning to plague the Old World once more.

This Skitterclaw you speak of, if he truly is a seer of great power then he may serve as a distraction.
Tell your master to head to the desert, tell him what you will that will interest him enough to make the journey”.

“Allunanur we must ride”.

“Yes Finulier”.

“Whelp, I will be sending a scout to watch you, one wrong turn and he will gut you slowly. Run now and don’t look back”.

“Finulier let us ride if the rumours are true and Nagash has returned then Lord Caradryan needs us by his side.

He is currently seeking out another of the silent order. The winds are strong, stronger then I have seen in an age. Many of the ranks have spoken of seeing shadows in the skies with some saying they have felt incredible changes in temperature.

I get the feeling that many of our questions will be answered in the desert”.



Straight in with a big general update from me

I’ve got tons to share and I want to update the blog more with pics/ info and wargaming ‘stuff’ I think may be of interest to other people.

I’ve just got back from Turkey with some of the other bloggers.

Instead of painting I started reading ‘The Sundering’


It’s an awesome book so far with tons of info not only about Elves but also Dwarves, Shaggoths, Beastmen and other fantasy creatures.

While on holiday I may have bought a few Titans from eBay



and also ordered 7th ed + Fateweaver as I plan on having a small Daemon unbound force consisting of 28 Screamers and Fateweaver

I also arrived back home to lots of goodies


which I need to fit into the Warhammer room which is starting to fill up again


I’ve also just ordered some DayGlow Pigments from Forged Monkey after seeing some pics


I’m also going to start working on a secret project at some point which includes this guy


and as a parting shot I wanted to share with you my next Necromunda gang



I thought I’d throw out an update with some pics taken over the weekend (don’t forget to follow me on Twitter)

A few of us in the group have kicked-off a Necromunda campaign which happened last Wednesday (9th April) and since then I’ve got three games in with my Orlock gang.

This is how my gang currently stands:


I’ve really enjoyed each game and would thoroughly recommend it if you haven’t tried it before.










In addition I also sorted out ‘the Warhammer room’ yesterday as you could barely walk into the room. I’ve also taken a few pics of some of the rare things I own.







Also taken a shot of my entire High Elf collection


As mentioned in my last post, month 4 was sacrificed to paint up my Imperial Knight.

The kit took me a weekend to build and fully magnetise the weapons, masks and icons.

Next up was painting, I wanted to use this project to try my airbrush out again and to also use some airbrush stencils from Anarchy Models.

It took me 3 weeks to paint but I actually only really spent the weekends doing it.

The stencils worked really nicely and I’ve been overwhelmed with the response I’ve been getting on Facebook and Twitter.

So without further ado here is Grimlock ‘Hell Raiser’ Dragonhide










I come with good news; month three for the Asur was a good month with some much needed reinforcements and numbers!

First up are five Shadow Warriors. They’re lovely models but rubbish rules. That said they will make a good support choice for Alith Anar I hope.





Next up is a lovely model from The Russian Alternative





I also managed to paint two bolt throwers but not the crew. For these I used the airbrush for the brown which worked pretty well.





And lastly I bought the The LOTR Eagle Plastic Kit which are beautiful models and much better than the metal ones (and cheaper!).








Unfortunately month four wasn’t a good month; I gave into temptation and bought an Imperial Knight and wanted to spend some time on it so I passed on doing any fantasy this month unless I got time right at the end.

Good morning,

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve now completed month 2 of #ATO9G

I’ve also been enjoying the Twitter action.

If you’re a gamer and you haven’t already joined Twitter, I fully recommend it.

You get to see tons of painted models (that haven’t been painted by GW staff) and you also get great encouragement as well.

Also it’s really nice when you get people clicking ‘favorite’ or ‘retweet’ your pics.

Month 2 in pics

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This pic got me 4 retweets and 5 favorite

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Which I finished last night and got 6 retweets and 3 favourite

As outlined when I originally planned month 2, I’m now going to start work on my first block of 10 Sisters of Avelorn but I won’t get to start any work on them till next week =-(

I’ll keep you all posted on how I get on.

Good afternoon from the Asur,

Month 2 is looking good so far with some valuable painting time clocked this weekend.

Alith Anar is looking finished and the Loremaster is at the half way house

I must admit that I didn’t realise Alith Anar is only £8.20 and still metal from GW – I would fully recommend this character to anyone with an Elf army, he’s great fun to paint and the rules are half decent.

I’m also starting to teach myself about making the painting easier by not focusing on 100 different colours and picking out every detail.

The red spot colour is also a lot of fun and I’m really starting to get the hang of painting it.


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I also wanted to share this pic the wife forced me to take.

I came up with a quote “Just like a Hellpit ‘the cat’ moves in a random direction and f*cks everything it touches

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Until next time.