Chummer, Warband, and the Civilopedia My own little development projects


Screaming Bell / Plague Furnace Base

The biggest chunk of the Screaming Bell and Plague Furnace is finally done! I managed to finish painting the base assembly today. The Plague Priest, crew and Furnace are the next pieces to tackle since they're the ones I'm using the most in the challenge league. With any luck I might actually get them done by next weekend.

Screaming Bell/Plague Furnace Base

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The Horde is Nearly Amassed

I realised yesterday that I've got 40 Giant Rats simply by taking the ones from the Plague Monk and Doomwheel boxes. Each of the Plague Monk boxes has 16 and the Doomwheel has another 8, so all I needed to do was pick up some extra bases from the store and start gluing. With the exception of my Night Runners and Gutter Runners, everything is assembled and primed. Here's how my horde looks right now:

Models completed:

  • 20 Clan Rats
  • 1 Doomwheel

Models left to assemble:

  • 40 Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Models left to paint:

  • 1 Lord Skrolk
  • 1 Ikit Claw
  • 1 Queek Headtaker
  • 1 Grey Seer
  • 2 Warlords
  • 1 Plague Furnace/Screaming Bell and crew
  • 2 Engineers
  • 100 Clan Rats
  • 40 Stormvermin
  • 40 Giant Rats
  • 2 Ratling Guns
  • 2 Poison Wind Mortars
  • 2 Warpfire Throwers
  • 10 Poison Wind Globadiers
  • 20 Plague Monks
  • 20 Plague Censer Bearers
  • 5 Jezzails
  • 6 Rat Ogres
  • 3 Pack Masters
  • 1 Hell Pit Abomination
  • 1 Warp Lightning Cannon

The idea with the Clan Rats is the have them interchangeable as Clan Rats and Skavenslaves. They'll be 3 blocks of 40 with each block of 3 different colours. One unit of 40 is entirely spears, the others are a mix of 20 spears and 20 hand weapons, using the front few ranks to show their weapon selection. Since I'm on vacation for the next 9 days, my goal is to get the Screaming Bell/Plague Furnace done and hopefully a few other bits. With Civilization V coming out on Tuesday, I'm thinking most of my time is going to be spent on that while the rest is at the store putting in some games for the challenge league. With any luck my new case will arrive next week so I can stop carrying the larger models loosely.



Warband is an application I have been writing to build Warhammer army lists. I started writing it shortly I started playing Warhammer and wasn't happy with the options that were out there. I've been working on it for the past 18 months and it has been used primarily by myself and a few friends, but it's time to make it publicly available. Be sure to check out the Warband section of my site for more information. It's completely free, so download it and enjoy!

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I had started to paint some of my Skavenslaves, but the Doomwheel was just begging to be painted. I finally caved and got it done over a weekend. Here's the final result.

Doomwheel Engineer

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Blood Bowl Pitch

When I found out the local GW store was going to be starting another season of Blood Bowl, I decided to give the game a try. After a quick trial game, I was hooked. I picked up a Human team and signed up for the league. After the first couple of games, I discovered that most of the people didn't have a pitch available. Knowing that a few of my friends would probably want to play it, too, I figured I'd set about creating a pitch of my own. After finding all of the pitch measurements online, I was set.

The board itself is a sheet of MDF that I had trimmed down to be just wide enough to fit in the trunk of my car. The sheet first got a coat of primer (as recommended by a friend - I'd have never thought of that for MDF, but that's why I'm not handy with that sort of thing). Once the primer was dry the whole thing was covered in green acrylic paint. My original intention at this point was to cover the whole thing in flock. I glued down some sandy patches, then started doing the flock in a few sections. When I realised how much of a pain in the butt that was going to be, and just the sheer amount of flock I'd need (not to mention the cost of it), I decided to do away with it. I scraped up most of the material and re-painted everything. I'm rather glad I did this now - the textured effect is really neat and looks better than just painting a few rough patches onto a green field.

While the paint was drying, it was time to plot the field. I created a grid using Paint.NET and tiled it across 9 sheets of paper that were taped together. I taped the grid onto the board and marked each intersection on the board by hammering it with a nail. With all of the points marked, I painted each of them in by hand which was a bigger job than I had anticipated.

That last pieces to be painted in were the score, turn, weather, and direction boxes which were all measured out at 1" squares. Rather than painting a turn track for each half, I did just 1 and have a special double-sided turn marker that has a "1" side and "2" side to show the current half.

The whole thing only took 2 days to put together and I'm very pleased with the result. It's durable but nice and light and very each to move from home to the store for a game.

Completed Blood Bowl pitch

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The Reason for the Rats

When I decided to get into Warhammer 2 years ago, I narrowed down my army selection to Orcs & Goblins and Skaven. I went with the greenskins because they had their twisted humour and I liked the way the looked. A few months ago, Animosity became too much to stand. Every time I needed a unit to move, a squabble would break out and trap everything behind them. The became incredibly unreliable and just plain frustrating. I can deal with units being vaporised by friendly fire, wiped out in one go, and any other horrible fate that might befall them. At least they had a chance to move and do something. Spending most of the game squabbling and moving a staggering 8" in the whole game? That's just not fun.

When the Island of Blood Boxed set was announced, a friend of mine said he would be getting the box to bolster his High Elves, but had no need for the Skaven. I leaped at the chance to get my hands on Skaven and we ended up ordering 2 boxes. Before the release, I grabbed everything I figured I could ever want to field and started my adventure down the path of the Great Horned Rat. So far they've been rediculously fun. Yeah, they misfire a bunch and can be wildly unpredictable, but I'd rather deal with that and watch the carnage than just sit back waiting for the squabbling to stop.

But now I have a LOOOOONG road ahead of me. With about 300 or so models to paint, I'm going to be at it for a while. And with the Island of Blood and Points Challenge League tournaments that I'm in, I should have plenty of games with the Skaven under my belt by the end of the year. It's going to be an interesting few months!

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